What Can I Compost?

What to Compost

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What Can I Compost? | Compost is probably my FAVORITE sustainable living practice.

I nurture my two bin recycling system on my patio every single day. I check its moisture content, give it a good stir, and make sure that it’s breaking down as expected. It’s basically a pet at this point.

When I moved into my apartment, I was broken hearted thinking that managing my food waste was going to be much more difficult.

2/3 of the waste we produce is organic. Just by composting, you can reduce your waste by more than half!

Thankfully, being able to decompose my food waste on my patio has made it easier than ever.  I don’t have to walk as far to drop off my scraps. It’s awesome.

It’s also been a fun family learning experience for us as my son, Oliver, loves adding food scraps and then using his little dump trucks to stir it around. It’s doing double duty as a toddler toy. 

Related: How to Compost Food Waste in a Storage Tote

When composting there are many variables to consider. Are you doing this at home, are you using a pick up or drop off service, are planning on utilizing the compost in a garden, or are you just trying to reduce food waste?

Wherever you are composting – which I hope you are or are considering – I want you to feel confident that you are adding items that will breakdown and give you the best results.

Once you have a healthy system, you will begin getting rich, dark soil that can then be added to flowers and other plants. Or even offer it to a neighbor! 

Related: How to Compost in an Apartment

This list is a safe guide if you are not composting at home. Most food waste services don’t allow the items in the Avoid column for reasons such as pest management, smell, and overall, to ensure a healthy microbiome.

Also, even if it’s on the “Compost” list, make 100% that if it’s packaging, that it’s non plastic. This is especially important when composting tea bags as come do contain plastic and shouldn’t be thrown into your compost bin.

I wanted to also talk about meat and cheese. I have put them on the avoid because any type of animal product can potentially attract unwanted animals and other pests or even cause a putrid smell if not done properly.

However, if you home compost and want to give it a go, yes, you can assuredly compost meat and cheese. Just make sure to bury it and to not leave it on top of the pile.

What Can I Compost?


What have I missed? Are there things I should add or take away?

Thank you so much for your comments and suggestions!

6 thoughts on “What Can I Compost?

  1. This is a useful infographic except that most teabags ( muslin excluded) contain plastic fibres and so should not be composted. I guess You could empty the tealeaves from each bag. We now use loose-leaf tea. ��

  2. Another consideration: steak, rib, chicken bones can be burned along with wood in a woodstove producing calcium and phosphorus rich ash. Composting this makes these vital nutrients available to produce healthier produce.

    Also, milk/protein drink/cream cartons are entirely recyclable.

  3. Why not meat or cheese? We compost all our meat and cheese and it’s fine. We don’t even really compost properly, but haven’t had issues. What’s the reasoning behind no meat? Is there a chance it could make us sick?

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