WHAT TO COMPOST

(yes please)

From your kitchen

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps

  • Egg shells (crushed)

  • Coffee grounds

  • Coffee filters

  • Tea bags (hemp or cotton) minus staples

  • Loose leaf tea

  • Spoiled soy/rice/almond/coconut milk

  • Used paper napkins and paper towels

  • Unwaxed cardboard pizza boxes (ripped or cut into small pieces)

  • Paper bags (shredded)

  • The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors

  • Cooked pasta

  • Cooked rice

  • Stale bread, pitas, or tortillas

  • Stale tortilla chips or potato chips

  • Spoiled pasta sauce or tomato paste

  • Crumbs from the bottom of snack food packaging

  • Stale crackers

  • Stale cereal

  • Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which are toxic to plants)

  • Spoiled tofu and tempeh

  • Seaweed, kelp or nori

  • Unpopped, burnt popcorn kernels

  • Old herbs and spices

  • Stale pretzels

  • Stale protein or “energy” bars

  • Pizza crusts

  • Old oatmeal

  • Peanut shells

  • Cardboard egg cartons (cut them up)

  • Stale pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (chopped up so they can’t sprout)

  • Avocado pits (chopped up so they don’t sprout)

  • Wine corks (chop up so they decompose faster)

  • Old jelly, jam, or preserves

  • Stale beer and wine

Around the House

  • “Dust bunnies” from wood and tile floors

  • Contents of your dustpan (pick out any inorganic stuff, like pennies and Legos)

  • Crumbs from under your couch cushions (again, pick out any inorganic stuff)

  • Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)

  • Burlap sacks (cut or torn into small pieces)

  • Old rope and twine (chopped, natural, unwaxed only)

  • Leaves trimmed from houseplants

  • Dead houseplants and their soil

  • Flowers from floral arrangements

  • Natural potpourri

  • Wood ash

  • Dead autumn leaves

  • Jack O’lanterns (smashed)

  • Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor (broken apart)

  • Natural holiday wreaths (chop up with pruners first)

  • Christmas trees (chop up with pruners first, or use a wood chipper, if you have one…)

  • Evergreen garlands (chop up with pruners first)

WHAT NOT TO COMPOST

(no thanks)

Meat & Bones*

Dairy

Weeds/Dandelions

Chemicals

Animal/pet waste

Human waste

Metals

Glass

Diapers

Any inorganic materials

Brush & Lumber

Plastics and Styrofoam

Compostable Forks, Knives, Spoons and Cups*

We are working our way up to be able to break these down, but our process currently does not support.

Thank you for making a local impact!

 

Your food scraps will stay out of our landfill and be returned as nutrients back to the soil.  We will compost your food scraps and organic materials while simultaneously using the compost created to support our outreach programs like local community gardens, school gardens, and advocate within the food council. 

 

An easy step in the right direction for our environment, community, and planet at large!  Thanks for joining!

Tel: 603.886.7071

justin@grownashua.org

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Nashua, NH 03064

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