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80+ Items You Can Compost

41.  Burlap sacks

42.  Cotton or wool clothes, cut into strips

43.  Paper towels

44.  Paper napkins

45.  Paper table cloths

46.  Paper plates (non wax- or plastic-coated)

47.  Crepe paper streamers

48.  Holiday wreaths

49.  Balloons (latex only)

50.  Raffia fibers (wrapping or decoration)

51.  Excelsior (wood wool)

52.  Old potpourri

53.  Dried flowers

54.  Fresh flowers

55.  Dead houseplants (or their dropped leaves)

56.  Human hair (from a home haircut or saved from the barber shop)

57.  Toenail clippings

58.  Trimmings from an electric razor

59.  Pet hair

60.  Domestic bird and bunny droppings

61.  Feathers

62.  Fish food

63.  Aquatic plants (from aquariums)

64.  Dog food

65.  Rawhide dog chews

66.  Ratty old rope

67.  The dead flies on the windowsill

68.  Pizza boxes and cereal boxes (shredded first)

69.  Toilet paper and paper towel rolls (shredded first)

70.  Paper muffin/cupcake cups

71.  Cellophane bags (real cellophane, not regular clear plastic)

72.  Kleenex (including used)

73.  Condoms (latex only)

74.  Old loofahs (real, not synthetic)

75.  Cotton balls

76.  Tampon applicators (cardboard, not plastic) and tampons (including used)

77.  Newspaper

78.  Junk mail

79.  Old business cards (not the glossy ones)

80.  Old masking tape

81.  White glue/plain paste

Happy composting, everyone. Please tell us what YOU compost!

Sayward Rebhal writes for Networx. Get home & garden ideas like this on Networx.

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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.,

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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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