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Composting Dos and Don'ts

Compostable or Not?

When it comes time to separate the trash, recyclables, and compost, I sometimes have to cheat and look at my list of acceptable items. While many people connote food with compost, there are many other items that can be tossed into the green bin for future soiled uses. Come take my quiz to see if you know your composting rules!

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Does a plastic gallon milk jug belong in the compost?

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Can you throw a cardboard pizza box in the compost?

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True or false: a used paper coffee cup (think Starbucks or the like) can be tossed into the compost bin.

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Can orange juice or milk cartons go into compost?

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Can used diapers go into compost?

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Can you toss lint into compost?

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Can napkins or paper towels go into compost?

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Can hair, animal or human, be composted?

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Join The Conversation
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
5/5 Cute photo at the end! My doggie grooming brush has bite marks on the end, too. :)
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
I disagree with the orange juice container; as weffie said, there's a wax coating, and I wouldn't throw that in my bin. @ weffie, I would definitely be suspicions if you can include plastic bags in your compost! Strange...
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
I only missed one. I don't really every get anything from Starbucks, so I thought their containers were Styrofoam like most other places are. I wouldn't think you could compost that, isn't it toxic?
JoneyStar JoneyStar 7 years
It wasn't so hard. Just think, is it natural? Did it originally come from trees or plants? Anything paper made is compostable.
weffie weffie 7 years
These are ok as general guidelines for your own home compost, but if you use a bin that is picked up by your municipality the rules vary greatly from one area to the next. At home, pizza boxes and milk cartons aren't allowed because the waxy, plasticized finish takes too long to break down. They are also extremely strict about the compostable bags we use--only 2 brands are accepted and they leave your bin full if you use the wrong ones. However, my job is in a different region and here we can compost pretty much anything including used kitty litter, microwave popcorn bags and plastic shopping bags... don't ask me who gets the job of sorting those out--I have a suspicion they just take the "compost" to the landfill and the whole green-bin program is just for show!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I thought I would do well with this, but I didn't! But I also don't compost so maybe that's why.
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