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Unusual Things to Throw into your Compost
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  • 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 the birds. 
  • Cork and leather (another example of an organic material) - remember the more finely chopped the quicker these items will decompose in the pile.
  • Cotton fabric & string  - although these are another example of an organic material they will break up very slowly and may not be a good addition.
  • 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 composted.
  • 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.

Joy Blooms . . . Compost It!

Everything you ever wanted to know about composting:  Let's get Started   
Basic How-To    Tip & Tricks
    FAQ     Build a Bin     What's In?     Brown & Green    
Now What?     What's went Wrong    Unusual Compost Items      Say It Ain't So     



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