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Composting is pretty simple! It can reduce and even eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers making it one of the easiest things we can do to help the environment right now.

What to compost:

  • Animal manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Nut shells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings

What not to compost and why:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    (releases substances that might be harmful to plants)
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    (might contain substances harmful to plants)
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs*
    (may create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies)
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    (diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants)
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils*
    (may create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies)
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps*
    (may create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies)
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)*
    (might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans)
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    (might kill beneficial composting organisms)

Finished compost can be applied to lawns and gardens to help condition the soil and replenish lost nutrients. However, it should not be used as potting soil for houseplants because of the presence of weed and grass seeds.

That's all there is to it!

If you live in a house, duplex or even an apartment and have a large enough space there is the Yimby Tumbler Composter. For apartment dwellers or anyone who does not have the extra space there are smaller systems like the Norpro 1 Gallon Stainless Steel Compost Keeper.

Thanks for doing your part to help Mama Earth!

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