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    so, I finally have my backyard composter in place.... I had to purchase a closed in unit because the dog continued to play in my more open backyard attempts.

    sooooo - I was curious to see if I could compost both my coffee grounds as well as the coffee filter.... so I searched, and found this list -

    I just loved this list - as well as the site - so I thought I'd share.



    Paper napkins
    Freezer-burned vegetables
    Burlap coffee bags
    Pet hair
    Potash rock
    Post-it notes
    Freezer-burned fruit
    Wood chips
    Bee droppings
    Lint from behind refrigerator
    Hay
    Popcorn (unpopped, 'Old Maids,' too)
    Freezer-burned fish
    Old spices
    Pine needles
    Leaves
    Matches (paper or wood)
    Seaweed and kelp
    Hops
    Chicken manure
    Leather dust
    Old, dried up and faded herbs
    Bird cage cleanings
    Paper towels
    Brewery wastes
    Grass clippings
    Hoof and horn meal
    Molasses residue
    Potato peelings
    Unpaid bills
    Gin trash (wastes from cotton plants)
    Weeds
    Rabbit manure
    Hair clippings from the barber
    Stale bread
    Coffee grounds
    Wood ashes
    Sawdust
    Tea bags and grounds
    Shredded newspapers
    Egg shells
    Cow manure
    Alfalfa
    Winter rye
    Grapefruit rinds
    Pea vines
    Houseplant trimmings
    Old pasta
    Grape wastes
    Garden soil
    Powdered/ground phosphate rock
    Corncobs (takes a long time to decompose)
    Jell-o (gelatin)
    Blood meal
    Winery wastes
    Spanish moss
    Limestone
    Fish meal
    Aquarium plants
    Beet wastes
    Sunday comics
    Harbor mud
    Felt waste
    Wheat straw
    Peat moss
    Kleenex tissues
    Milk (in small amounts)
    Soy milk
    Tree bark
    Starfish (dead ones!)
    Melted ice cream
    Flower petals
    Pumpkin seeds
    Q-tips (cotton swabs: cardboard, not plastic sticks)
    Expired flower arrangements
    Elmer's glue
    BBQ'd fish skin
    Bone meal
    Citrus wastes
    Stale potato chips
    Rhubarb stems
    Old leather gardening gloves
    Tobacco wastes
    Bird guano
    Hog manure
    Dried jellyfish
    Wheat bran
    Guinea pig cage cleanings
    Nut shells
    Cattail reeds
    Clover
    Granite dust
    Moldy cheese
    Greensand
    Straw
    Shredded cardboard
    Dolomite lime
    Cover crops
    Quail eggs (OK, I needed a 'Q' word)
    Rapeseed meal
    Bat guano
    Fish scraps
    Tea bags (black and herbal)
    Apple cores
    Electric razor trimmings
    Kitchen wastes
    Outdated yogurt
    Toenail clippings
    Shrimp shells
    Crab shells
    Lobster shells
    Pie crust
    Leather wallets
    Onion skins
    Bagasse (sugar cane residue)
    Watermelon rinds
    Date pits
    Goat manure
    Olive pits
    Peanut shells
    Burned oatmeal (sorry, Mom)
    Lint from clothes dryer
    Bread crusts
    Cooked rice
    River mud
    Tofu (it's only soybeans, man!)
    Wine gone bad (what a waste!)
    Banana peels
    Fingernail and toenail clippings
    Chocolate cookies
    Wooden toothpicks
    Moss from last year's hanging baskets
    Stale breakfast cereal
    Pickles
    'Dust bunnies' from under the bed
    Pencil shavings
    Wool socks
    Artichoke leaves
    Leather watch bands
    Fruit salad
    Tossed salad (now THERE's tossing it!)
    Brown paper bags
    Soggy Cheerios
    Theater tickets
    Lees from making wine
    Burned toast
    Feathers
    Animal fur
    Horse manure
    Vacuum cleaner bag contents
    Coconut hull fiber
    Old or outdated seeds
    Macaroni and cheese
    Liquid from canned vegetables
    Liquid from canned fruit
    Old beer
    Wedding bouquets
    Greeting card envelopes
    Snow
    Dead bees and flies
    Horse hair
    Peanut butter sandwiches
    Dirt from soles of shoes, boots
    Fish bones
    Ivory soap scraps
    Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables
    Produce trimmings from grocery store
    Cardboard cereal boxes (shredded)
    Grocery receipts
    Urine


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    That;s a great list. Some of that stuff, like the cardboard, I recycle, but composting is a great option too. I wanna know......where are they thinking you're gonna find bat guano??
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    Thanks for the list! I started composting for the garden last year and there are a lot of things on that list I never thought to compost. I will be following this list from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntlMom View Post
    That;s a great list. Some of that stuff, like the cardboard, I recycle, but composting is a great option too. I wanna know......where are they thinking you're gonna find bat guano??

    At my house, roflmbo. However I won't be putting any of it in my composter, not a chance.

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    Thanks for the list. There are definitely some things on the list I had never thought of, a few I wouldn't put in my compost. Great list!!

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    now that is a great list!

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    Melted ice cream-no wasted icecream at this house
    Lint from clothes dryer-didnt know this one

    Thanks for the list

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    Urine...

    I wonder how much electricity (we are on a well) we would save if I made all the guys use the compost pile instead of the toilet!!

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    Thanks so much. We are trying to compost for the 1st time and have been wondering what all would work.
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