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75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't
« on: September 10, 2009, 12:43:10 PM »
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  • Interesting list for those who have their own compost.

    From the Kitchen
    • Coffee grounds and filters
    • Tea bags
    • Used paper napkins
    • Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
    • Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
    • The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
    • Plain cooked pasta
    • Plain cooked rice
    • Stale bread
    • Paper towel rolls
    • Stale saltine crackers
    • Stale cereal
    • Used paper plates (as long as they don't have a waxy coating)
    • Cellophane bags (be sure it's really Cellophane and not just clear plasticóthere's a difference.)
    • Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
    • Old herbs and spices
    • Stale pretzels
    • Pizza crusts
    • Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
    • Wine corks
    • Moldy cheese
    • Melted ice cream
    • Old jelly, jam, or preserves
    • Stale beer and wine
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Toothpicks
    • Bamboo skewers
    • Paper cupcake or muffin cups

      From the Bathroom
    • Used facial tissues
    • Hair from your hairbrush
    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Old loofahs
    • Nail clippings
    • Urine
    • 100% Cotton cotton balls
    • Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks

      Personal Items
      It might be a good idea to bury these items in your pile. Just sayin'.
    • Cardboard tampon applicators
    • Latex condoms

      From the Laundry Room
    • Dryer lint
    • Old/stained cotton clothingórip or cut it into smaller pieces
    • Old wool clothingórip or cut it into smaller pieces

      From the Office
    • Bills and other documents you've shredded
    • Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
    • Pencil shavings
    • Sticky notes
    • Business cards (as long as they're not glossy)
    • Receipts

      Around the House
    • Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
    • Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
    • Subscription cards from magazines
    • Leaves trimmed from houseplants
    • Dead houseplants and their soil
    • Flowers from floral arrangements
    • Natural potpourri
    • Used matches
    • Ashes from the fireplace, barbecue grill, or outdoor fire pit

      Party and Holiday Supplies
    • Wrapping paper rolls
    • Paper table cloths
    • Crepe paper streamers
    • Latex balloons
    • Raffia
    • Excelsior
    • Jack o' Lanterns
    • Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor
    • Natural holiday wreaths
    • Your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one...)
    • Evergreen garlands

    • Fur from the dog or cat brush
    • Droppings and bedding from your rabbit/gerbil/hamsters, etc.
    • Newspaper/droppings from the bottom of the bird cage
    • Feathers
    • Alfalfa hay or pellets (usually fed to rabbits)
    • Rawhide dog chews
    • Fish food
    • Dry dog or cat food