Did you know that half of what most people throw in the bin could be composted? We’ve had a compost bin for four years now and it never ceases to amaze me. Day after day, I chuck in bowlfuls of stuff and just when I think it can’t take any more – BOOM – the level drops right down. It’s like the opposite of the Magic Pudding.
There are many methods of composting, but the simple rule I follow is this: dry stuff/wet stuff. Nitrogen-rich things like garden cuttings and veggie scraps are the wet stuff, and soil, shredded paper,brown leaves are the dry stuff. Make sure you’ve got a mix of wet stuff and dry stuff going in and you should be right. If you’re new to composting or are looking for a few tips, this is a great place to start. And here is a fantastic “recipe” for a low-cost compost bin using recycled materials.
The more I compost, the more I want to compost. I’ll questions just about anything before I put it in the bin. Just the other day it dawned on me that that wad of snotty tissues in my hand might have a happier end of life in the compost bin than landfill and guess what? Yes you can compost used tissues, even snotty revolting ones when both kids have a cold.
Here are 10 other things you can compost that might surprise you. Or not. If you’re already a Compost Queen and you know of more, share!
1. Hair – human or pets
2. Cotton cloth, such as old nappies and tea towels
3. Newspaper and shredded office paper
4. The stuff you sweep of the floor nine times a day
5. Plain cooked pasta and rice
6. Cardboard packaging, toilet rolls (rip them up)
7. Cotton wool and cotton pads
8. Toothpicks and skewers
9. Champagne corks (cos I know you go through a lot of these)
10. Road kill
Okay, should probably explain the last one… There’s this thing called the Berkley Method or Hot Composting, which gives you quality compost in just a few weeks. It involves a carcass, lots of urine and a big black tarp. You can find out more about it here.
Got any composting tips? Don’t be shy, let us know!
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