20 unusual things you can compost
Published 05 May 2019
More than 26% of waste put into household general waste wheelie bins is organic food or garden waste that could be turned into compost for your garden.
As part of International Composting Awareness Week, we want to help you reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill by sharing 20 of the lesser known items you can put in your compost.
- Pizza boxes (unwaxed)
- Wine corks
- Dryer lint
- Nail clippings
- Used matches
- Cotton balls
- Snotty tissues
- Graded homework
- Bills and other paper documents
- Chewing gum (will take a while to break down)
- Coffee grounds
- Nut shells
- Dead bugs (that died naturally)
- Tea bags
- Contents of your vacuum cleaner
- Spoiled tomato sauce or paste
- Cotton underpants (remove the elastic)
- Toilet rolls
- Old jam or preserves
Visit our Composting page for more tips on what you can compost or learn how to make your own compost at our free Composting Workshops on Saturday 11 May. You can also access free mulch at our waste facilities.