What to compost and what not to compost? This is the problem.

  •   September 15th, 2014
  •   Category: News, Composting
  •   Posted by: Ecodyger
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To get a high quality compost is good to know what and what not to compost. Follow our tips and you can’t go wrong!

tomato moldy

Vegetable meal leftovers – Yes!

Fruit, vegetables and other discards from meals (raw or cooked).

Very suitable; represent the basis for an optimal compost.

withered rose

Cut flowers, dried plants – Yes!

If there are pieces of wood, it is preferable to first chop them.

moldy bread

Stale or moldy bread – Yes!

To be reduced in small pieces.


Coffee grounds, tea bags – Yes!

Filters are recyclable as well.

citrus peel

Peel of not treated citrus fruit – So and so

Do not exceed the amount of a normal family consumption.

Meal Leftover

Other meal leftovers – So and so

Such as pasta, rice, small amounts of meat, fish etc…

Do not overdo the amount to avoid proliferation of midges, cover with ground and stir.


Cardboard – So and so

Send to differentiated waste collection, untreated cardboard pieces can be useful to dry too wet material.

Newspapers and magazines litter

Magazines, color printings, coated paper – No!

Send to differentiated waste collection.

vacuum filter

Vacuum filters – No!

Not recommended/suitable.


Fabrics, leather – No!

Send to differentiated waste collection.

12. dry leaves

Leaves – Sì!

If dry, wet them.

sfalci d'erba

Grass clippings – Yes!

Dry them; mix with other materials (see. ratio C / N); avoid exaggerated quantities and overloads of only mown grass; stir periodically.

wood chips

Branches, wood chips, garden waste – Yes!

Excellent material for the structure of the heap; shred or, even better, defibrate.


Scraps from the garden – Yes!

Avoid weeds or diseased plants.

cow manure

Manure and animal manure – So and so

Materials rich in nitrogen and nutrients. Stir the pile and cover.


Waste wood treated or painted – No!

Not suitable; to be collected or recycled as required.

Ecodyger performs the same process of composting, but it takes 5 hours, instead of months. Learn how!

Have a look at: 24 Kinds of Litter And Their Natural Degradation Time.

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(Data source ISPRA. Photos Flickr.)