Composting Guide

Composting is a process of decomposing organic materials which recycles nutrients back, creating a rich soil known as compost.

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2014

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What to Compost:
  • Ash (fully cooled)

  • Bamboo

  • Beer and wine

  • Burlap

  • Cereal

  • Citrus and melon rinds

  • Coffee filters

  • Coffee grounds and tea bags

  • Cooked rice/pasta

  • Cork

  • Cotton balls

  • Cotton or wool

  • Crepe paper streamers

  • Crumbs or bread scraps

  • Dryer lint and “dust bunnies”

  • Egg shells

  • Envelopes (without plastic window)

  • Expired jam/jelly

  • Flowers or leaves

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Hay and lawn clippings

  • Human hair and nail clippings

  • Kleenex tissues (even if used)

  • Latex balloons

  • Masking tape

  • Matches

  • Newspaper

  • Non-Styrofoam egg cartons

  • Oatmeal

  • Paper cupcake cups

  • Paper towels, plates, napkins (even if used)

  • Pet fur or feathers

  • Pickles

  • Pizza boxes

  • Soy/almond milk

  • Stale tortilla chips, potato chips, and crackers

  • Sunflower seed, peanut, and pistachio shells

  • Toothpicks and Q-tips (non-plastic)