Trash Hacker: What’s in Our Compost

Yuck? No! It’s food for your veggies and flowers.

Most people don’t know that you can compost all sorts of paper bits, string, cotton fabric, human hair, and wax paper. Throw it in the pile and turn it into garden gold!

What’s in Our Compost? Paper scraps, hair, pet fur, wax paper, egg shells, cotton fabrics, string….

Here’s a short list of the unusual things we’ve been able to compost:

Human Hair from Haircuts

Pet Fur

Band Aid Wrappers

Baskets

Clay

Coffee Grounds and Filters (but you knew that already)

Coffee Bags (non-plastic-lined, just rip out the metal strip at the top)

Sugar Packets

Paper Produce Stickers

Butter Wrappers

Wax Paper

String

Bailing Twine

Balloons (the latex kind only)

Cotton Fabric

Cornstarch Packing Peanuts

Crushed Egg Shells (the worms love ‘em)

Cardboard Egg Cartons (great carbon source)

Fabric Scraps

Toilet Paper Rolls (ditto on the carbon source)

Paper Lollipop Sticks

Wax Coated Paper Candy Wrappers

Masking Tape

Parchment Paper

Non-Toxic Play Doh

Puzzles

Rags

Latex Rubber Bands

Yarn

Tea Bags and Paper Wrappers

Receipts

Paper Scraps

If you’re looking for more compost inspiration, visit our Trash Backwards app for more resources:

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7 Comments on “Trash Hacker: What’s in Our Compost”

  1. December 26, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    These days, most receipts are printed on thermal paper, I believe. That kind of paper is OK for composting?

    • December 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi Alex – Great clarification! NO, none of us should be composting thermal paper receipts, as those are covered with BPA. Liesl was referring to the good old-fashioned plain paper receipts that so many of the stores she shops at are still using. Thanks for catching this!

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