What to compost, instructions and advice

What to compost, instructions and advice

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On the wave of door-to-door collection, more and more citizens are dedicating themselves to the practice of composting. Here is a handy list of what to compost at home or in the garden.

Let it be if it is aheap composter, both if we need to manage a domestic composter, we must learn to dose the wet fraction well with the dry organic.

An excess of kitchen waste could cause bad odors, an excess of liquids or the emergence of larvae and worms, on the contrary, an excess of dry organic (foliage and other garden waste) could slow down the decomposition process and provide a refuge for rodents and other unwanted guests.

What to compost, organic waste produced in the kitchen

  • Carton boxes of shredded eggs
  • Shredded egg shells
  • Uncolored used paper tissues
  • Paper bags of bread
  • Remains of cooked food (only in small quantities to avoid attracting insects, dogs, cats and mice)
  • Untreated citrus peels
  • Remains of fruit and vegetables
  • Old bread (in small quantities)
  • Coffee and tea grounds with sachets and filters
  • Used cloth-paper
  • Bags inmater-bi(small amounts)
  • Remains of natural non-colored fabrics
  • Wood ash only (suitable only for heap composters or large composters, no more than 2-3 kg per cubic meter to be distributed evenly)
  • Sawdust or shavings (virgin wood only and not painted or treated)

What to compost, organic waste produced in the garden

  • Weeds weeds
  • Remains of the vegetable harvest
  • Dry foliage
  • Coniferous needles
  • Withered cut grass (must be disposed of separately if it has been treated with herbicides or pesticides)
  • Dried flowers
  • Dead annual ornamental plants
  • Pruning residues, to be chopped before compost
  • Animal droppings (small amounts)
  • Vegetable straw
  • Fragments of wood or leaves

What not to compost

  • Raw meat, large bones, raw fish and other raw animal waste
  • Fruit peels treated with waxes or preservatives
  • Already moldy foods (including bread)
  • Colored paper napkins
  • Magazines, newspapers and other printed media
  • Used litter, even if ecological, could proliferate pathogenic bacteria
  • Ash from coal or grill
  • Remains of diseased plants
  • Remains of plants treated with pesticides
  • Contents of the vacuum cleaner bag

How to speed up composting

Forto acceleratethe process ofcompostingit is possible to dose well the wet organic fraction with the dry one, properly aerate the material (take a look at the article on "home composting" where we explain how to turn the compost) or add a product that triggers and accelerates the demolition processes of the material organic.

Video: Simple Guide to Composting. How to Make Compost When Youre New to Composting (August 2022).