Composting is a fantastic way to recycle food items past their due date. Rather than sending them to the dump, take advantage of their decomposing state and turn them into a valuable resource.
To start off on the right foot, gather these materials for your compost pile:
You can also gather other non-food items like cardboard egg boxes, crunched-up newspapers, grass cuttings, fallen leaves, finely chopped wood, bark chips, and even sawdust (from untreated wood).
Keeping a sizable container in your kitchen is a great way to accumulate compostable materials as you prepare meals or make yourself something to drink. Instead of throwing your teabags, vegetable peels, and eggshells directly into the bin, throw them in your compost container instead.
With that said, it’s important to note that not all decomposing products can be turned into compost. For instance, animal byproducts (bones, dairy, meat, etc.) shouldn't be turned into compost because they may harbor unhealthy bacteria and attract insects and animal pests.
The same is said with feces, garden waste from sick plants or plants treated with pesticides, and foods rich in fat and oil (peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.).
Plastics—even biodegradable ones—shouldn't be used, either.