What can you compost?
If you are new to composting, don’t fear! We have all the information you need to begin, starting with what you can and cannot put into your compost pile.
If you are enrolled in a compost service, we recommend that you follow your composting company’s guidelines for what they will and will not accept.
If you have a backyard pile for your food scraps, here is a quick guide for you to follow:
|DO compost||DO NOT compost|
|All vegetable and fruit waste||Grease, fat, or oil|
|Baked goods||Meat or other heavy proteins|
|Coffee grounds||Walnut shells (these can be |
toxic to some plants and animals)
|Corn cobs and husks||Diseased plants|
|Grains||Human or pet waste|
|Pumpkin and sunflower seeds||Compostable containers * (though not |
appropriate for backyard piles, these
containers can be composted at a
|Tofu and soy products|
* The Woods Hole Sea Grant, Wellfleet Recycling Committee, and CARE for Cape and Islands put together a local guide for compostable tableware choices. You can find the guide here and their press release here. For more resources check out our resources page!