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Composting seems like a difficult task, until you actually know what you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be a confusing thing! So, what is composting? It’s a natural way to recycle natural materials by way of decomposition. This process leaves you with a rich soil that can be used to enrich your garden. You can still compost if you don’t have a garden, because it’s still a great way to recycle food waste!

What kind of food waste can I compost?

 

When in doubt, remember that the best things to compost are going to be organic materials. You can compost fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, bread and grains, nutshells, pasta and rice, eggshells, and coffee filters.

 

Can I compost anything else?

 

Compost isn’t limited to just those organic food types, though! You can also compost food soiled paper, such as paper towels, bags, and napkins, greasy pizza boxes(we recommend cutting this into strips to help it decompose!), uncoated food-soiled paper, and any other shredded paper waste. You can also compost waste from your yard. Leaves, branches, yard clippings, and any flowers and houseplants that have died.

 

What shouldn’t go in my compost bin?

 

Things that need to go in the trash, rather than be composted, include things like meat, fish, chicken, greasy food scraps, dairy products, and any fat or oil. The main reason for this is because of the types of pests that these products will attract, which isn’t what you want!

 

Do I need to buy a bin for my compost?

 

There are a bunch of different ways that you can compost your food waste. You can purchase large composting bins, or you can make your own out of a mesh substance, such as chicken wire. We don’t recommend you have a free standing pile, just to keep pests out!