5 Things You Never Knew You Could Compost at Home

Pet Hair

A collie dog and tabby cat lying down togetherIf you have pets, you have a supply of compostable materials at your disposal, their fur. TOP TIP! The fur/hair will break down more easily if you spread it out instead of dropping it in large clumps.

Seaweed and Kelp

Kelp lying on a beachIf you live near the sea why not collect seaweed and kelp to add to your compost.  Seaweed and kelp have minerals and hormones that stimulate plant growth. They also have no diseases that are transferable to plants on land which makes it ideal for using in your garden.

Old Spices

row of spice jarsWe all have a few jars of dried up spices that we bought to make that one thing and then forgot all about. Well, chuck them on your compost heap (not the jars obviously!). The spices are from natural sources and will biodegrade and break down over time.

Finger and toenail clippings

close up of someone cutting their toenailsHmm yes we know its a bit yucky but we all have to cut our finger and toe nails.

Don’t just toss the clippings in the bin put them in your compost. Your finger and toenails are made of keratin which is a good source of nitrogen. Although they may seem a bit tough they will breakdown eventually.

Stale Bread & Crusts

crusts of bread on wooden tableYou can compost your leftover crusts and any bread that’s gone stale. It doesn’t matter what type of bread – white, granary and brown – it will breakdown in the compost heap and if you keep your compost nice and moist the process will happen very quickly. It is worth bearing in mind that bread can be attractive to animals so if you are planning to add it to your compost heap mix it under other material or soil to keep it hidden.

Composting and Disposing of Garden and Kitchen Waste.

Someone composting

To find out more about composting and recycling, pop along to this page and get the lowdown on how it works and what can and cannot be recycled.