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Top 4 Things to Put into Your Compost Bin

Composting is mostly a job done by nature. Your only job is to put the right things into the compost bin to help the process along for the best results. Here are some of our suggestions of things that should go into the compost bin.

1. Worms

Worms consume a large amount of composting material in a relatively short time span, which therefore makes your composting process more efficient. In fact, worms are believed to eat their weight in scraps per day. Add red worms known as “red wigglers” as they are the best type of worms to add to compost.

2. Green Waste

Great items to put in a compost bin include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings, grass cuttings, etc.. Generally, these are broken down fairly quickly and provide important nitrogen as well as moisture.

3. Brown Waste

Besides green waste, it’s a good idea to alternate green waste layers with brown waste layers. Brown waste includes things such as cardboard egg boxes, newspaper, fallen leaves, sugarcane mulch, straw, hay, etc. These take a longer time to break down but provide vital fibre and carbon. More importantly, brown waste also allows important air pockets to form in the mixture so that there is sufficient oxygen for the composting process.

4. Certain Pet Waste

Before you go all enthusiastic about putting dog poo into your compost bin, be aware that not all pet waste is suitable. Here’s a useful list of possible stuff from your pets’ waste that can be used.

  • Fur or hair from your pets’ beds or after a trim
  • Bird feathers
  • Pet droppings or manure – from rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, chickens, cows, goats or sheep
  • Pet food – bird seed, dry dog food, dry cat food or dry fish pellets.

Now that you know what to put into your compost bin, check out our article on what NOT to put into your compost bin.