Are you new to composting? Unsure of what exactly makes an item compostable? The article “11 items not to compost” by Julie Weiss-Roessler, gives those who are new to composting an idea of items that are NOT compostable.
- Bread Products- All bread products should not be composted because they can attract pests.
- Cooking Oils- This can also attract pests and upset the moisture balance of your compost pile.
- Meat and Milk Products- Meat scraps, milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, bones, or other fatty foods will degrade but they’ll attract unwanted animals and insects in the process.
- Diseased Plants-They can transfer fungal or bacterial issues to your finished compost.
- Colored and Glossy Paper- Any paper that is heavily coated should go in the recycle bin. Foils from the ink will not break down, so you will end up with chemicals in your compost.
- Human or Animal Waste- Baby’s diapers, kitty litter, and dog’s poop bags should not be composted because these items are a health risk.
- Rice- Cooked rice can breed bacteria and raw rice can attract rodents and insects.
- Sawdust- You will end up with chemicals in your compost if the wood was treated.
- Weeds- Sometimes they will plant their roots and grow rather than decompose.
- Acidic Items- Acid from items such as citrus fruits, tomato products, and pickles can actually kill the good bacteria that your compost grows.