Composting Basics - What You Can Compost and What You Should Pitch




When you compost, you are keeping food scraps out of the landfill. While fruits and veggies will decompose in the landfill, all those nutrients are being wasted. 

When you compost at home, you are reducing methane gas. By reducing the amount of food waste that goes into the trash, you are removing odors from your home as well. 

Additionally, by making compost at home, you are making valuable fertilizer for your garden. And that may be the very best reason for starting a compost pile! 

Whether you grow flowers, vegetables, or just have a few shrubs in your yard, if you have any kind of yard, there really isn’t a good reason not to compost.  


What Can You Put in a Compost Pile? 



  • fruit scraps 
  • vegetable scraps 
  • coffee grounds 
  • tea bags 
  • eggshells 
  • weed-free grass and plant trimmings 



  • dry leaves 
  • wood chips-no treated wood 
  • shredded newspaper 
  • hay or straw 
  • cardboard 
  • ashes from a fireplace or a fire pit 


Smaller pieces decompose faster, so if you throw in a huge chunk of watermelon, it will take longer to turn into compost. 


Here are a few things you shouldn’t compost: 

  • any type of meat 
  • oil or grease 
  • fats 
  • dairy products 
  • diseased or bug infested plants 


Not only will these items cause your compost to stink, but they will also attract rodents and other nighttime critters that will dig through your backyard compost pile looking for the meat. 


If you do not have space for an outdoor compost pile, you can compost materials indoors using The Ecofairy Home Composter Machine. This composter machine has a daily capacity of 11lbs, perfect for residential use and turning food waste into compost in 24 hours. This helps users divert food waste from the landfill, reduce the amount of methane gas generated from organic waste, and decrease carbon emissions and one’s carbon footprint. 



At the EcoFairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.   


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