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80+ Items You Can Compost

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80+ Items You Can Compost

By Sayward Rebhal,†Networx

Home composting isnít just for farmers anymore! The practice is becoming increasingly popular among urban environmentalists who are eager to cut their landfill contributions: from apartment dwellers growing gardens on top of†NYC roofing, to folks who participate in their local municipal compost program, to homeowners looking to turn their backyards into a†teeny tiny sustainable city farms. Composting is a key component of the eco-friendly puzzle, because it takes waste thatís destined for landfills and turns it into usable, nutrient-rich soil, which is perfect for†gardening. Most people focus on kitchen scraps, but thatís just the very tip of the composting iceberg. Did you know you could also include the following?

1.† Dryer lint

2.† ďDust bunniesĒ

3.† The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)

4.† The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)

5.† Coffee grounds

6.† Coffee filters

7.† Tea bags/loose leaf tea

8.† Soy/rice/almond/etc milk

9.† Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)

10.† Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they wonít grow)

11.† Avocado pits (chop them up so they wonít sprout)

12.† Pickles

13.† Stale tortilla chips/potato chips

14.† Stale crackers

15.† Crumbs (bread or other baked goods)

16.† Old breakfast cereal

17.† Bran (wheat or oat, etc)

18.† Seaweed/nori/kelp

19.† Tofu/tempeh

20.† Frozen fruits and vegetables

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11:45AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Great post!!! I made a composting guide as well, check it out and let me know what you think. http://www.la-jolla-house.com/what-you-can-and-cannot-compost/
Thanks!

11:07PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

8:05AM PST on Nov 29, 2013

thank you for that. Have been composting for 26 years, but there are some items in this list I did not know about.

4:07PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Nice list. Thanks!

12:47AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

noted

4:33PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Ha thanks :)

12:42PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Thanks

12:11PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

B A R.,

Thank You, for Great Post comment post! However, if that posts is what gets a Great Post comment posted from you, wait until you read my many other posts, through many other www.care2.com's articles, that was my weakest post in a while.

11:17AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Mary T.

great post !

11:15AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Great White' E.

Great post !

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