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Non-Edible Composting Items

You know that you can use food scraps and vegetation in your compost bin, but you can use some other items that will surprise you. Composting is a great way to prevent producing more garbage by recycling some of what you would normally throw away as garbage into something usable such as fertilizer. Some of the more common non-edible products to add to your compost bin include cut-up or shredded newspapers, dryer lint, hair, tree leaves, of course, and cardboard. Cut these up into strips before adding them to the compost bin. Also, if using newspapers, be careful not to use the more glossy advertisements, as these do not do well in the compost bin. Stay away from using too much newspaper or cardboard. Another helpful hint is that it helps to dampen the newspapers and cardboard a bit before adding them to the compost bin. Things that come from the aquarium are another great additive. You can, of course, add the straw, pine needles, yard waste such as grass clipping, cut-up leaves, twigs, and small limbs, etc. 

Coffee grounds and used coffee filters make an excellent addition to the bin as well. It is always important to be sure that the materials are organic when using anything in your compost bin. You don’t want to use any yard waste that may be contaminated with pesticides, insecticides, or any fertilizers that could contain any toxins. Generally speaking, using some common sense when composting can produce the result that you are looking for. Also, keep in mind when adding items to your compost bin that more minor is better. If you have more oversized items, be sure to break these down into as many smaller pieces as possible. If the pieces are smaller, they will keep, consistently the materials will break down and decompose as they are supposed to do. Stirring the compost and turning it two to three times per week will also ensure that the materials break down more consistently. Heat is another must-have. The warmer the weather, the faster the composting process will be.

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