We’re so used to thinking about compost as something that consists of kitchen scraps and garden clippings but there are many other things that we usually throw away that can be composted:
1. Paper Napkins and Towels. While this sort of paper is recycleable, most recycling programs do not accept it because the food residue can create a nuisance during the collection process. I found that tossing these paper items right in with the kitchen scraps works easiest and once in the compost they break down rather quickly.
2. Wine corks. They take a while to break down, and may even have some of their shape when the rest of the compost is complete, but they are natural and do better for the planet in the garden than in the landfill so toss them in the compost.
3. Cotton Swaps/Q-tips. No one should be using the plastic stick kind at all. The gross out factor of q-tips is the main reason why they cannot go into municipal recycling, but since the sticks are made of either wood or cardboard, they break down really quickly in the compost and stay out of landfills.
4. Dryer lint. Once wet it turns into almost nothing, but imagine how many dryers are in your community and then add all that “almost nothing’ together and there is a large ball of dryer lint. So toss it in the compost and it will disappear.
5. Cookie crumbs/ cracker dust. You know all that crummy remnant stuff that remains in bags of cookies, crackers, and other snacks? Dumb it into the compost. Sure, its not a lot, but carbs feed bacteria which are what do most of the work in your compost. (All that excess flour from dusting the board on which you roll flour is great for the compost too)
6. Kibble. Normal dogs eat all their food, sometimes Archibold does not, and he is pretty picky about fresh kibble. Since most dry dog foods are made of grains with only a little bit of “meat by products” they break down really easily in compost. With all the other kitchen scraps that go into the compost bucket any smell must disappear as I have never had an animal go into the compost.
7. Moldy bread. Its carbs, it breaks down quickly and feeds the bacteria that create the heat in the compost.
I am going to have to start keeping better track of what else I have tossed into the compost instead of the trash.