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Composting Do’s and Don’ts


Do Compost:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Nut shells
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Houseplants
  • Hay and straw
  • Leaves
  • Sawdust
  • Wood chips
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint

Don’t Compost:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    • Releases substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    • Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs
    • Creates odor problems and attracts pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
    • Creates odor problems and attracts pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
    • Creates odor problems and attracts pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)
    • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans