What Can We Compost?

Composting is a useful method for disposing of organic waste, because it turns it into a useful soil amendment while also requiring minimal effort from the people doing the composting. It is important however, to make note of exactly what can and cannot be composted so as to ensure effective and efficient waste management when working with any company.

Here are the kinds of waste that we can compost:

  • We can compost food waste without exception. This means scraps from fruits, vegetables, meats, and other foods, as well as refuse such as bones and shells.
  • Since paper is made using wood pulp, paper that has come into contact with food can be composted as well. Examples of the paper products that can be composted range from napkins and paper towels to tea bags, coffee grounds, and pizza boxes. Please note that uncoated paper plates can be composted but their coated counterparts cannot. People who are unsure whether a paper plate is coated or not should check for shininess, which will confirm the presence of coating. However, if they are still not sure after doing so, they should just put it in the trash instead of risking putting something that should not be composted into the compost pile.
  • Plant matter such as grass, leaves, weeds, floral trimmings, and tree trimmings can be composted without difficulties, as it is also organic material.

What Kinds of Waste Can We Not Compost?

In contrast, here are some of the kinds of waste that can’t be composted:

  • Both grease and cooking oil can, but shouldn’t be composted for a couple of reasons. First, composting them can produce a horrible smell, which can be a serious nuisance for the entire neighborhood. Second, their presence can attract vermin and other wild animals, which can disrupt the composting process and cause other serious problems.
  • Glass, metal, and plastic cannot be composted because the natural processes used to break down organic materials will have no effect on them.

Contact Us

Still unsure about whether something can be composted or not? Please contact us to learn more about composting and the rest of our waste management services so as to make a fully-informed decision.