Easy Compost Tips: What Can I Compost? April 22, 2019

by Amanda Li Tips and Tricks

Do you find yourself regularly asking,“what should I compost?” Don’t worry, we’ve got all the dirt when it comes to compost tips – literally

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Whether you’re doing it at home or using a local city program, composting can be SO daunting. To help, we’ve made this handy little guide for what can be composted at home!

Our Compost Tips

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Fruits and Veggies

Your leftover kitchen scraps will decompose well and help create a rich fertilizer.

Tea Bags & Coffee Grounds

Make sure to remove the staple!


Similar to fruits and veggies, herbs and composts are friends. You can also include certain plants and leaves when they’ve run out their shelf life.


Like your body, composts need calcium. Eggshells help bring that calc to the party. TIP: Many plants also love the calcium in eggshells, so feel free to add to a garden or potted plant.

Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds themselves are great candidates for composts. Some shells take longer to decompose, but crushing them can help move that process along.

Grains & Legumes

Grains and legumes should be composted sparingly! Just make sure to offset with carbon materials like dried leaves or newspapers.

P.S. Did you know the HelloFresh kit bags are compostable? Just remove the sticker and voila! The perfect vessel to hold your compost.


Meat & Seafood

Meat and seafood can attract pests, and that’s just no fun! Plus, they can slow down the compost process for other materials. However, these items can sometimes be composted depending on the makeup of the compost system – but be sure to double check.

Cheese & Dairy

While these items decompose fairly quickly, they do it SO fast that it creates a foul smell and attracts unwanted visitors.

Cooking Oils

Too much cooking oil can really slow down the compost process, so it’s best to keep the grease away.

Plastic Materials

Unfortunately plastic just won’t break down. Best to save these for the recycling bin!

If your city or town offers a composting program — awesome! While this guide is handy at home, we always recommend checking with your city for their special tips and tricks. In fact, they may even be able to take some of the don’ts from our list!

Looking to offset these compost tips with something more, ahem, fresh? Try these D.I.Y. ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring!

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