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12 Crazy Things That Belong in Your Compost

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





For gardeners or those serious about reducing your carbon footprint, you've probably already started your very own composting operation in your home. You also probably know all the usual suspects of what can go into your compost, such as paper, food scraps, grass clippings, and more. There are some pretty crazy items that you wouldn't believe that belong in your compost.  Before you throw these items in the trash take a look at this list to see what you could be turning into black gold for your garden beds.

1. Corn Cobb Remains: Summertime is almost here, and corn on the cob is becoming available at your local grocery store and farmer's market. Before you toss the husk and the remaining cob, go ahead and add these to your compost. You can even compost the cob remains that the squirrels leave behind if you feed them in your yard.

2. Peanut Shells:  These are so popular at baseball games, but can be so messy with the shells and the dust that come from them.  Rather than shelling them right into the garbage, add these to your compost.

3. Freezer Burnt Veggies and Fruits:  When you clean out your freezer and find those bags of peas or carrots that had been shoved in the back for so long, you probably don't think twice about tossing them out. The wonderful thing is that you don't have to do so.  Just add them to the compost pile.

4. Stale Foodstuffs: The same as cleaning out your freezer, when you clean out your cupboards, you may find food that is past the expiration date or maybe it wasn't closed securely enough, so it no longer tastes great. Many of this like pasta or crackers can be tossed into your compost, but one caution is that it can sometimes attract pests if you have an open compost pile. That is why some people just throw these items away rather than try to compost them, but those with a compost bin may have better luck.

5. Q-Tips and Cotton Balls: These are two bathroom staples that get used a lot, and after one use, are tossed into the bathroom trash. These items can and will be broken down in your compost bin.

6. Hair and Fur: These might sound a bit on the strange side, but if you have a pet that sheds a huge amount or if you do home haircuts, don't add it to your garbage can.  You can throw these items in your compost bin as they will biodegrade quickly.

7. Pet Bedding:  Keeping with the pet theme, you can also compost pet bedding that you may have in your home for your smaller critters.  Cleaning out the hamster cage is never a fun chore, but the material can go straight into your compost rather than filling up your garbage can.    

8. Dryer Lint: In the same manner as pet bedding going straight into the trash bin with no seemingly redeemable qualities, dryer lint can also be added to your compost. You need to clean out the dryer lint with every load to prevent a fire in your home, so you might as well compost it.  You can always keep a mason jar in your laundry room to save it rather than taking a trip outside after every load.

9. Wool Clothing: What do you do when your clothing is worn, and you no longer wear it?  You probably send it to a charity organization that resells clothing or throw it away if it's beyond saving. Well, believe it or not, but your wool clothing can be added to your compost bin.

10.  Wine Corks: There are tons of ways to recycle wine bottles and corks, but maybe you're not very interested in these projects or drink a lot of wine.  The bottles can be recycled if your local recycling program accepts glass, but your wine corks can't be.  The good news here is that they can be added to your compost.

11. Balloons: Yes, latex balloons are biodegradable, so can be added to your compost along with other latex products.

12. Glued or Taped Paper: You may think that all those papers that have sticky materials on them are destined for the trash, but that isn't necessarily the case.  You can compost paper that has white glue or masking tape on them.  So, those winter scenes that your child made with white glue and cotton balls that are taking over your refrigerator can be added to your compost.  Just be sure to keep one or two for the memories.     

Before you chuck these items into the trash, think about whether or not they can be added to your compost pile. You'd be surprised about how small your household's weekly trash can be made when you recycle and compost all of the things possible. Reduce your carbon footprint, and make some black gold for your landscaping projects all in one easy-to-handle task.

Article From Inter Valley Health Plan

 



 


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