To Compost or Not to Compost: A Helpful List

Vegetable peelings to create wormery
Vegetable peelings to create wormery

Composting keeps waste material out of landfills, avoiding the production of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). It also eases the burden and extends the life of landfills that are stressed to handle the waste our lifestyles create.

With projects like New York City's residential compost program and proposals like Seattle's to fine residents for food scraps in garbage bins, we believe that sustainability is really making a way into urban daily lives.

Separating organic waste for compost is an important step in reducing our waste, and it's great for a city to facilitate this process. Don't get discouraged if your neighborhood or city doesn't have an organic waste collection system. You can still separate your organic waste to give to your local composting facility (visit this site to find one close to you) or even start your own compost to provide some nutrient-rich to your household garden or plants. We came up with a short list to remind you of what food and household materials you can separate for a compost:

What Do Those Compost Worms Like?

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (both cooked or uncooked)
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Peanut shells
  • Cardboard (toilet paper rolls, clean boxes)
  • Tea bags & leaves
  • Dryer lint
  • Hair & fur
  • Shredded newspaper & clean white paper
  • Leaves, weeds, plant trimmings & grass clippings (stay away from diseased plants)
To Keep Out of the Compost
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Aluminum
  • Colored or glossy paper
  • Pet waste
  • Plastics