What can’t you compost?
Below are some of the items that you should never compost.
While most ashes are okay to add to your compost pile, coal ash is not. They have significant levels of sulfur and iron, which can harm plants.
Some colored ink paper, such as newspapers, contains heavy metals or other hazardous elements and should not be composted.
Suspect Plant Materials
To eradicate many plant diseases, an effective composting system and optimum circumstances (high heat) are required. If the disease organisms are not killed, they might spread when the compost is applied later. Avoid using suspect plant materials or plants that might carry disease.
Inorganic Material to Avoid
Aluminum foil, glass, plastics, and metals are examples of inorganic materials that will not degrade. In addition, pressure-treated timber should be avoided since it has been treated with chemicals that may be harmful in compost.
Food to Not Compost
Meat, bones, fish, fats, and dairy products should not be put in your compost bin. These items might “overheat” your compost pile and may attract pests. Instead, they are better left to large-scale anaerobic digesters and avoided at home.
Never compost dog or cat droppings as it can make compost hazardous to handle.
Some lawn and garden chemicals can resist the composting process and stay in the finished compost. Do not compost anything that has recently been treated with herbicides or pesticides.
Accelerating the Composting Process
Composting decomposes fastest between 120 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit; thus, anything that raises the temperature will “cook” your compost quicker. Here are four quick composting tips to leave you with: