Home composting

What can I compost at home?

If you have a home compost bin, you can compost the following:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps 
  • crushed eggshells
  • leaves
  • grass clippings 
  • garden plants - use disease-free plants only
  • lawn and garden weeds (but not those that have gone to seed as they will survive the composting process)
  • shrub prunings
  • straw or hay 
  • pine needles (but not too many as they are very acidic)
  • flowers, cuttings (chop up any long woody stems) 
  • wood ash (but make sure it's not hot and do not put in too much)
  • chicken manure 
  • coffee grounds 
  • tea leaves and bags
  • newspaper (chopped up or shredded)
  • shredded paper (avoid using glossy paper and coloured inks) 
  • cardboard (chopped up or shredded)
  • corn cobs (chopped up)
  • wood chips (not too many)