Choosing materials to compost

What you put in the compost pile is up to you; just remember that it needs to be from an organic material. Here's a short list of possibilities:

  • Hay, straw, pine needles, leaves, yard trimmings, and weeds
  • Kitchen scraps (eggshells, old bread, and vegetable and fruit scraps)
  • Manure (except dog, cat, pig, or human)
  • Sawdust and wood chips
  • Shredded newspaper

Avoid adding the following to your compost bin:

  • Kitchen scraps containing meat, oil, fish, dairy products, and bones (They attract unwanted animals, such as rats and raccoons.)
  • Weeds that have gone to seed or that spread by their roots, such as quack grass
  • Diseased or insect-infested vegetable or flower plants
  • Herbicide-treated grass clippings or weeds
  • Dog, cat, pig, or human feces

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