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by: Networx.com

Home composting isn’t just for farmers anymore! The practice is becoming increasingly popular among urban environmentalists who are eager to cut their landfill contributions: from apartment dwellers growing gardens on top of NYC roofing, to folks who participate in their local municipal compost program, to homeowners looking to turn their backyards into a teeny tiny sustainable city farms. Composting is a key component of the eco-friendly puzzle, because it takes waste that’s destined for landfills and turns it into usable, nutrient-rich soil, which is perfect for gardening. Most people focus on kitchen scraps, but that’s just the very tip of the composting iceberg. Did you know you could also include the following? Just be sure that anything you compost is not made from plastic (in the case of the rope) and free of toxic chemicals (sawdust, ashes).

  1.  Dryer lint
  2. “Dust bunnies”
  3. The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)
  4. The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)
  1. Coffee grounds
  2. Coffee filters
  3. Tea bags/loose leaf tea
  4. Soy/rice/almond/etc milk
  5. Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)
  6. Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they won’t grow)
  7. Avocado pits (chop them up so they won’t sprout)
  8. Pickles
  9. Stale tortilla chips/potato chips
  10. Stale crackers
  11. Crumbs (bread or other baked goods)
  12. Old breakfast cereal
  13. Bran (wheat or oat, etc)
  14. Seaweed/nori/kelp
  15. Tofu/tempeh
  16. Frozen fruits and vegetables
  17. Expired jam or jelly
  18. Egg shells
  19. Old, moldy “soy dairy” and other dairy substitutes
  20. Stale Halloween candy and old nutrition/protein bars
  21. Popcorn kernels (post-popping, the ones that didn’t make it)
  22. Old herbs and spices
  23. Cooked rice
  24. Cooked Pasta
  25. Oatmeal
  26. Peanut shells
  27. Booze (beer and wine)
  28. Wine corks
  29. Egg cartons (not Styrofoam)
  30. Toothpicks
  31. Q-tips (not the plastic ones)
  32. Bamboo skewers
  33. Matches
  34. Sawdust
  35. Pencil shavings
  36. Fireplace ash (fully extinguished and cooled)
  37. Burlap sacks
  38. Cotton or wool clothes, cut into strips
  39. Paper towels
  40. Paper napkins
  41. Paper table cloths
  42. Paper plates (non wax- or plastic-coated)
  43. Crepe paper streamers
  44. Holiday wreaths
  45. Balloons (latex only)
  46. Raffia fibers (wrapping or decoration)
  47. Excelsior (wood wool)
  48. Old potpourri
  49. Dried flowers
  50. Fresh flowers
  51. Dead houseplants (or their dropped leaves)
  52. Human hair (from a home haircut or saved from the barber shop)
  53. Toenail clippings
  54. Trimmings from an electric razor
  55. Pet hair
  56. Domestic bird and bunny droppings
  57. Feathers
  58. Fish food
  59. Aquatic plants (from aquariums)
  60. Dog food
  61. Rawhide dog chews
  62. Ratty old rope
  63. The dead flies on the windowsill
  64. Pizza boxes and cereal boxes (shredded first)
  65. Toilet paper and paper towel rolls (shredded first)
  66. Paper muffin/cupcake cups
  67. Cellophane bags (real cellophane, not regular clear plastic)
  68. Kleenex (including used)
  69. Condoms (latex only)
  70. Old loofas (real, not synthetic)
  71. Cotton balls
  72. Tampon applicators (cardboard, not plastic) and tampons (including used)
  73. Newspaper
  74. Junk mail
  75. Old business cards (not the glossy ones)
  76. Old masking tape
  77. White glue/plain paste.

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