Composting-Organic Gardeners Gold-Kitchen Items

Most  of us that garden know we can compost basic kitchen scraps, leaves  & grass clippings.  But there are many things that we may not think  about composting!  Here are a list of 28 items from your kitchen that can easily be added to your pile to make your beautiful compost gold!

1. Coffee grounds and filters

2. Tea bags

3. Used paper napkins

4. Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces

5. Paper bags, either ripped or balled up

6. The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors

7. Plain cooked pasta

8. Plain cooked rice

9. Stale bread

10. Paper towel rolls

11. Stale saltine crackers

12. Stale cereal

13. Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)

14. Cellophane bags (be sure it’s really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there’s a difference.)

15. Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)

16. Old herbs and spices

17. Stale pretzels

18. Pizza crusts

19. Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)

20. Wine corks

21. Moldy cheese

22. Melted ice cream

23. Old jelly, jam, or preserves

24. Stale beer and wine

25. Paper egg cartons (or upcycle to plant seeds)

26. Toothpicks

27. Bamboo skewers

28. Paper cupcake or muffin cups

List compiled from

3 thoughts on “Composting-Organic Gardeners Gold-Kitchen Items”

    1. I haven’t yet personally tried any indoor composting yet, although I have a worm composter on the way that I am sooooo excited about! (I know I may be a little weird). Here are two great articles to get you started on vermicomposting:

      I think in a tight space this would be the best route to go. They also make and sell indoor composting systems but they can be quite pricey $300-$400. These are ususally 2′ x 2′ and that could be another option.

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