- Stale bread (dry - not slathered with mayo)
- break up stale dried bread and add these "croutons" to your pile. Birds who visit
your yard may enjoy these morsels more than your compost pile. I put my old bread out for
- Cork and leather (another example of an organic
material) - remember the more finely chopped the quicker these items will decompose in the
- Cotton fabric & string - although these are
another example of an organic material they will break up very slowly and may not be a
- Dryer lint from natural fibers -- Caution
-- only cotton, wool, or other natural fibers go into the compost.
- Feathers - I pick them up around the neighborhood lake.
I find lots of goose down on the ground. I guess you could toss in the feathers from
old feather pillows or down-filled comforters.
- Fireplace ashes cold to the touch. Better to put
ashes in the compost than in the land fill.
- Hair, in my case, dog hair and hubby hair.
It is amazing how much hair is shed by two beagles. I cut my hubbies hair so into
the compost it goes.
- Newspaper -- Most newspaper today print with
vegetable-based ink, so composting them is quite safe, either outside or in your worm bin.
However, newspaper can be put to much better use by recycling it. Unless it is the only
thing you have to counteract a wet and smelly compost bin, newsprint should not be
- Tea leaves with bags
- Vacuum cleaner bag stuff if you have natural
fiber carpets empty the bag directly into your compost. If you have synthetic carpets then
toss in the garbage.