Many people are allured by the idea of owning a compost bin and creating their own organic fertilizer out of their waste. However, one may be confused about what to put in the compost bin to maintain a healthy compost pile. The following is by no means all inclusive, however, it contains most of the items that you may put into your compost bin.
Items to Put in a Compost Bin
- Vegetable Waste (including uneaten leftovers, stems, cobs and peels)
- Fruit Waste (including uneaten leftovers, cores, peels and seeds)
- Egg Shells
- Garden Soil (this is sometimes added to accelerate decomposition and control odor)
- Lawn Clippings
- Livestock Manure (never put pet waste into a compost bin; it contains toxic elements)
- Coffee Grounds
- Used Tea Bags
- Leaves (dead or green)
- Hay or Straw
- Sawdust (the sawdust must be from untreated wood--no paint, lacquers, finishes, etc.).
Never add meat or dairy to your compost pile because these items do not decompose in the same manner as the aforementioned items. It is best to have a healthy mixture of items in your compost bin; a variety of substances ensures faster decomposition and more fertile soil.