Kitchen Composting Works for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

One of the largest contributors to home-based composting piles is kitchen waste. Scraps from meal preparations as well as cooking supplies can be added to a compost bin and, in turn, contribute to your soil and mulch.

Composting guides generally sort matter into two categories, according to what they contribute to the process; green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon).

A lot of kitchen items are perfect for your pile. Here are just some of the more prevalent compostables from each meal of the day. To view the rest of this list, visit Plantea.com.

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Breakfast

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Lunch

  • Brown paper bags
  • Chocolate cookies
  • Freezer-burned fruit
  • Fruit salad
  • Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Peanut and other nut shells
  • Pickles
  • Popcorn
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Stale potato chips

Read: 5 Ways to Pack a Zero Waste Lunch

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Dinner

  • Artichoke leaves
  • Cooked rice
  • Corncobs
  • Fish scraps, such as shrimp shells, crab shells and lobster shells
  • Freezer-burned vegetables
  • Jell-o
  • Old pasta
  • Olive pits
  • Onion skins
  • Pie crust
  • Potato peelings
  • Produce trimmings
  • Rhubarb stems
  • Seaweed and kelp
  • Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables
  • Stale bread and bread crusts
  • Tofu
  • Tossed salad

Supplies

  • Cardboard cereal boxes
  • Expired flower arrangements
  • Grocery receipts
  • Shredded cardboard
  • Matches (paper or wood)
  • Old spices
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Shredded newspapers
  • Wood chips and ashes
  • Wooden toothpicks

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  2. I love to recycle. Our township has a great recycling center & once you get a routine it is so easy, I have four containers in my garage [supplied by the township] & each one is lined with a plastic bag and each container has smaller bags in each one for plastic, glass, cardboard. junkmail & newspapers aluminum & metal each week I just lift out the small bags & go the recycle center. One question I do have is my husband gets his medicine from the VA they 90% of the time do not use recycable #1 or #2 plastic bottles. I get my vitamins form Puritan Pride [mail order Co] and evey bottle is #1 or #2 who can I contact in the VA? Thanks

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