What can be composted?

Do you know what can be composted? It may be more than you think!

Making sure we use compost effectively means less waste in landfills. In addition to food scraps, here are some items that can typically be composted:

  • wooden/bamboo chopsticks
  • bamboo toothbrushes (make sure to remove the bristles first)
  • compostable floss
  • paper towel
  • hair collected in your hairbrush
  • nail clippings (no polish!)
  • non-plastic tea bags
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • popsicle sticks
  • cotton balls
  • cotton swabs
  • natural string/twine
  • wine corks
  • wooden toothpicks
  • fabric from natural materials

This is all very general, and there are definitely exceptions. Keep in mind that rules might be different where you live, and will change whether or not you have your own compost pile or if you use your municipality’s green waste program.

Just remember, composting and recycling come AFTER refusing, reducing, and reusing. We still want to reduce what goes in the compost.

  1. Switch to reusables (paper towels, cotton balls, chopsticks, coffee filters)
  2. Switch to unpackaged options (loose tea)
  3. Reuse twine, fabric, etc
  4. Do your best to reduce food waste. Meal plan and buy only what you need.

Have I forgotten anything? What would you add to the list? Any tips, suggestions, or questions?


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