“What Can I Compost?”

  • Paper napkins

  • Freezer-burned vegetables

  • Burlap coffee bags

  • Pet hair

  • Potash rock

  • Post-it notes

  • Freezer-burned fruit

  • Wood chips

  • Bee droppings

  • Lint from behind refrigerator

  • Hay

  • Popcorn (unpopped too)

  • Freezer-burned fish

  • Old spices

  • Pine needles

  • Leaves

  • Matches (paper or wood)

  • Seaweed and kelp

  • Hops

  • Chicken manure

  • Leather dust

  • Old, dried up and faded herbs

  • Bird cage cleanings

  • Paper towels

  • Brewery wastes

  • Grass clippings

  • Hoof and horn meal

  • Molasses residue

  • Potato peelings

  • Unpaid bills

  • Gin trash (wastes from cotton plants)

  • Weeds

  • Rabbit manure

  • Hair clippings from the barber

  • Stale bread

  • Coffee grounds

  • Wood ashes

  • Sawdust

  • Tea bags and grounds

  • Shredded newspapers

  • Egg shells

  • Cow manure

  • Alfalfa

  • Winter rye

  • Grapefruit rinds

  • Pea vines

  • Houseplant trimmings

  • Old pasta

  • Grape wastes

  • Garden soil

  • Powdered/ground phosphate rock

  • Corncobs (takes a long time to decompose)

  • Jell-o (gelatin)

  • Blood meal

  • Winery wastes

  • Spanish moss

  • Limestone

  • Fish meal

  • Aquarium plants

  • Beet wastes

  • Sunday comics

  • Harbor mud

  • Felt waste

  • Wheat straw

  • Peat moss

  • Kleenex tissues

  • Milk (in small amounts)

  • Soy milk

  • Tree bark

  • Starfish (dead ones!)

  • Melted ice cream

  • Flower petals

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Q-tips (cotton swabs: cardboard, not plastic sticks)

  • Expired flower arrangements

  • Elmer’s glue

  • BBQ’d fish skin

  • Bone meal

  • Citrus wastes

  • Stale potato chips

  • Rhubarb stems

  • Old leather gardening gloves

  • Tobacco wastes

  • Bird guano

  • Hog manure

  • Dried jellyfish

  • Wheat bran

  • Guinea pig cage cleanings

  • Nut shells

  • Cattail reeds

  • Clover

  • Granite dust

  • Moldy cheese

  • Greensand

  • Straw

  • Shredded cardboard

  • Dolomite lime

  • Cover crops

  • Rapeseed meal

  • Bat guano

  • Fish scraps

  • Tea bags (black and herbal)

  • Apple cores

  • Electric razor trimmings

  • Kitchen wastes

  • Outdated yogurt

  • Toenail clippings

  • Shrimp shells

  • Crab shells

  • Lobster shells

  • Pie crust

  • Leather wallets

  • Onion skins

  • Bagasse (sugar cane residue)

  • Watermelon rinds

  • Date pits

  • Goat manure

  • Olive pits

  • Peanut shells

  • Burned oatmeal

  • Lint from clothes dryer

  • Bread crusts

  • Cooked rice

  • River mud

  • Tofu (soybeans)

  • Wine bad

  • Banana peels

  • Fingernail and toenail clippings

  • Chocolate cookies

  • Wooden toothpicks

  • Moss from last year’s hanging baskets

  • Stale breakfast cereal

  • Pickles

  • ‘Dust bunnies’ from under the bed

  • Wool socks

  • Artichoke leaves

  • Leather watch bands

  • Fruit salad

  • Tossed salad

  • Brown paper bags

  • Soggy Cheerios

  • Theater tickets

  • Lees from making wine

  • Burned toast

  • Feathers

  • Animal fur

  • Horse manure

  • Vacuum cleaner bag contents

  • Coconut hull fiber

  • Old or outdated seeds

  • Macaroni and cheese

  • Liquid from canned vegetables

  • Liquid from canned fruit

  • Old beer

  • Wedding bouquets

  • Greeting card envelopes

  • Snow

  • Dead bees and flies

  • Horse hair

  • Peanut butter sandwiches

  • Dirt from soles of shoes, boots

  • Fish bones

  • Ivory soap scraps

  • Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables

  • Produce trimmings from grocery store

  • Cardboard cereal boxes (shredded)

  • Grocery receipts

  • Urine