40 Things You Can Compost



  1. Fruit and vegetable scraps
  2. grass
  3. Egg shells (crushed)
  4. Coffee grounds
  5. Coffee filters
  6. Tea bags (Make sure they are made of natural materials like hemp or cotton, and not rayon or other synthetics. If in doubt, just open it and compost the tea leaves alone.)
  7. Loose leaf tea
  8. Used paper napkins and paper towels
  9. Unwaxed cardboard pizza boxes (ripped or cut into small pieces)
  10. Paper bags (shredded)
  11. Cooked pasta
  12. Cooked rice
  13. Crumbs from the bottom of snack food packaging
  14. Paper towel rolls (shredded)
  15. Cardboard boxes from cereal, pasta, etc. (Remove any plastic windows and shred)
  16. Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)
  17. Unpopped, burnt popcorn kernels
  18. Old herbs and spices
  19. Toothpicks
  20. Bamboo skewers (break them into pieces)
  21. Paper cupcake or muffin cups
  22. 100% cotton cotton balls
  23. Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks
  24. Pine needles
  25. Leaves
  26. Potato peelings
  27. House plant trimmings
  28. Spanish moss
  29. Fish parts
  30. Burnt toast
  31. Corn husks
  32. Dead headed flowers
  33. Chopped up small branches and twigs
  34. Saw dust from untreated wood
  35. Wood chips
  36. Pine cones
  37. Left over bedding from chickens 
  38. Sea weed and Kelp
  39. Mail (non glossy)
  40. Wood ashes