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18 Things You Should Never Compost 

18 Things You Should Never Compost 

18 Things You Should Never Compost 
18 Things You Should Never Compost

Composting is garden gold. Every gardener should have a compost bin where they toss their veggie scraps and grass clippings throughout the year. While you can put hundreds of items into your compost bin, you need to pay attention to the things you should never compost. 

Don’t fret; composting is easy. You don’t have to memorize a massive list of items that you can’t compost safely. There are just a few items, so let’s take a look!

18 Things You Should Never Compost

  • Dairy Products

Don’t add any dairy products to your compost. If you have leftover cheese, butter, or milk, they don’t belong in there. They leave a nasty smell that will attract critters and pests. Also, it will cause bacteria to grow in your compost bin. 

Dairy Products
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  • Cooking Oil

You might be tempted to dump your cooking oil into your compost, but don’t! It has chemical contacts that might upset the balance of nutrients in the compost. Also, it might attract pests and critters to your compost. 

  • Bread & Pasta

Bread and pasta seem harmless, but they can attract unwanted pests to your compost. That also includes things such as cakes, muffins, and cookies. They’ll create a smell that attracts pests and critters. 

  • Diseased Plants

If the plant you pulled out of your garden is infected, you need to dispose of it properly. You can even burn the plant, but don’t stick it in your compost bin. Those diseases will continue to live in your compost. Then, you’ll spread the compost over your gardening, contaminating your entire garden. 

Diseased Plants
Diseased Plants /shutterstock
  • Feces

Don’t add feces from human or carnivorous animals. That means dog and cat feces are out, but you can compost rabbit and chicken manure. Animals that consume meat might have hazardous pathogens in their feces. 

  • Tea and Coffee Bags

You should put your coffee grounds and tea leaves into your compost pile. They’re fantastic sources of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. Your vegetable plants need those in the future, so add them as much as you want. 

However, coffee grounds and tea leaves should only be added if they’re bagless or have been removed from their bags. The bags that these products come in often contain synthetic fibers that won’t break down over time. So, take them out of the bag, and you’re ready to go. 

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