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Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Published July 09 2012

Tips for beginning home composters

Tips for beginning home composters

What to compost:

Animal manure

Cardboard rolls

Clean paper

Coffee grounds and filters

Cotton rags

Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint

Eggshells

Fireplace ashes

Fruits and vegetables

Grass clippings

Hair and fur

Hay and straw

Houseplants

Leaves

Nutshells

Sawdust

Shredded newspaper

Tea bags

Wood chips

Wool rags

Yard trimmings

What NOT to compost:

Black walnut tree leaves or twigs release substances that might be harmful to plants.

Coal or charcoal ash might contain substances harmful to plants.

Eggs and dairy products (like butter, milk, sour cream and yogurt) create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies.

Diseased or insect-ridden plants. The disease or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants.

Fats, grease, lard or oils create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies.

Meat or fish bones and scraps create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies.

Pet wastes like dog or cat feces and soiled cat litter might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses that are harmful to humans.

Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides might kill beneficial composting organisms.