What is the waste not to be put in compost?

Unlike your (ex) little difficult trash can, the composter, whether indoor or outdoor, does not digest everything. So what to put or not put in his compost tray to avoid odors, midges, and get a fertilizer of choice? Here are 10 things to avoid throwing into your compost to keep it healthy.

The art of composting is more tolerant outdoors than indoors (ombricomposting). That said, there are a few commodities to never compost, regardless of the nature of your compost bin, so that it can start the decomposition process in the best way. Here is the blacklist of these foods or products that should never be thrown into your compost, or make it sick. Avoid indigestion!

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1/ Remains of meat or

Remains of meat, fish, shellfish and other animal productsfish are not very suitable for keeping compost fresh and available! Avoid, and finish your leftovers. To limit food waste and the use of the trash can, give preference to bone and fat free pieces of meat on purchase. That way, you won’t have to throw away anything.

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©Jeremy Stewart/Unsplash 2/ Dairy Waste

Your compost bin is 100% vegan, respect his convictions! Like meat or fish, dairy products (butter, milk, cheeses and their crusts…) are also commodities that should never be thrown into your compost.

3/ Remains of cakes or cookies

Bakery items are more or less sweet, and will only attract parasites . A few crumbs pass, but not half a cake! Again, limit the waste and try to finish your leftovers. It would be a shame to throw this orphan owl…

4/ Oils & Fats

Fat will not fit well into your compost. Indeed, it needs moisture to break down the elements that you throw away, and, as you know, oil and water do not make good household (at least they do not mix)…

5/ The bristles of compostable bamboo toothbrushes (on the sleeves)

Compostable bamboo toothbrushes are often not entirely. Even if this is not always indicated, their hairs are usually not biodegradable and it is necessary to eliminate them before throwing them in compost. Save your tray a difficult digestion!

©Unsplash 6/ The so-called biodegradable bioplastic bags

The era of plastic seems to be coming to an end, but there are many materials that claim to replace it while being biodegradable… Yet it would not be better to compost those corn starch bags that your baker graciously offered to you at the time of realizing that you had forgotten your bulk bags!

7/ Compose only fruit and vegetable peelings

Even though peelings are excellent meals to feed your composter, wet organic waste alone will not ensure the good health of the compost. Indeed, this one requires feed by alternating dry green waste and wet green waste, to balance the texture of the final compost. Alternate fruit and vegetable peelings with dead leaves, twigs or pieces of compostable cardboard. Too wet compost promotes the proliferation of midges . Conversely, too dry compost is also not indicated. Everything is a matter of balance!

8/ Too many citrus peels (lemons, oranges, grapefruits…)

Citrus fruits have thick and acidic skin. These barks take a long time to degrade in nature and risk lowering the pH of your compost . You can compost small (cut) pieces of lemon or orange from time to time, but not too often. Use them instead to fragrance your home household products!

9/ Plants sick or dead

Green plants (and other varieties) that you have seen tragically perish before your eyes, infested with insects or aphids are not a good composting element. Do not risk spreading the disease in your compost!

10/ Treated lawn mowing

Lawn treated with pesticides or herbicides can be composted, but in small quantities. Obviously, it is better not to sprinkle your lawn with toxic products… If so, you will have to wait a few weeks for the grass to dry and the concentration of chemicals to decrease before composting it.

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