Most of the time when we think of what goes into compost, we think of organic food waste and yard clippings.
While that is entirely correct, there are plenty of other natural items that can be added to your compost pile as well. Here are some other items you may have been tossing into a landfill that are perfectly acceptable to be returned back to the soil.
- Dry Cereal
- Crackers & pretzels
- Pasta, rice, and grains
- Loose leaf tea
- Natural fibers (ie. cotton, hemp, silk, wool)
- Coffee grounds
- Shredded paper
- Human and pet hair
- Lint from dryer and vacuum
- Napkins, paper towels, and tissues
- Wooden chopsticks and popsicle sticks
- Wood ashes
- Brown paper bags
- Old spices
- Egg shells
- Expired jams and preserves
- Nail clippings
- Cotton balls & cotton swabs (the cardboard kind)
Think of what will actually be left in your trash can! Probably not a lot!
All of this depends on if you are composting at home or using a service. If you have compost collection, your municipality or service will give you exact guidelines of what is and is not allowed.
Below is what my pick up service, Healthy Soil Compost, accepts.