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

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • 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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