30 Unusual Items You Can Compost

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The next time you are throwing an item in the trash, think about whether you can compost it instead. There are many things that can be added to your compost pile, and later used to grow some great tasting vegetables or herbs. Everyone that is familiar with composting knows that things like grass clippings, and dead tree limbs are great additions to a compost pile, but what about some ordinary items from around the house?

There are many things you can add to your compost pile that you may never think about, here are 30 such items:

    Pet Hair

  1. Pet fur
  2. Hair from a hairbrush
  3. Fingernail/toenail clippings
  4. Pet toe nail clippings
  5. Dry pet food
  6. Droppings and newspaper from bird cages
  7. Fish food flakes
  8. Alfalfa pellets or hay used to feed rabbits
  9. Vacuum cleaner fluff
  10. Dryer lint
  11. Cotton Balls

  12. Cotton balls(Use the 100% cotton balls; avoid using the synthetic types)
  13. Coffee grounds
  14. Coffee filters
  15. Paper bags (shredded)
  16. Egg shells (It is best to microwave or heat shells in the oven for 10 minutes prior to composting. This will kill any bacteria such as salmonella)
  17. Used paper towels (avoid using paper plates that are heavily stained from meats or dairy products)
  18. Used paper plates (avoid using paper plates that are heavily stained from meats or dairy products)
  19. Dust from dusting
  20. Ashes from a fireplace or barbeque grill
  21. Some leather items (avoid using leathers that have dyes or other colorings)
  22. Old paper back books (just the pages with black & white print; remove glossy color-printed covers)
  23. Newspaper
  24. Toilet paper rolls
  25. Small, thin cardboard boxes (like mac & cheese or Hamburger Helper boxes that are torn into small peices)
  26. Used Tea Bags

  27. Tea bags
  28. Cooked plain rice
  29. Wine corks (avoid using synthetic corks. Make sure it is real cork)
  30. Stale cereal
  31. Old Christmas trees (shredded or chipped)
  32. Old Jack-O-Lanterns

Are there any other unusual items that you compost?

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3 Comments on 30 Unusual Items You Can Compost

  1. Love the list except for one item …. I don’t think bird droppings or excrement of any kind should ever be composted … at least not if you’re planning on using the compost for a garden or other edible plants. Excrement can contain bacteria and fungus that you don’t want in your food.
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  2. Great list of things that can be composted and saved from the trash. I posted a smaller list on my blog here: https://greenergreener.com/7-things-you-never-knew-you-could-put-in-your-compost-bin/

    I have a couple items not on your list. One of which might be tough for some people to carry out but is very beneficial for composting.

  3. Thank you for sharing the list of things that can be part of the compost pit. I hope there’s a part2 for this one.

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