Sources of Compost Material
Just look around. There is a tremendous number of sources for collecting
Begin by looking around your home and property... outside and in.
Your yard and garden is a great place to begin your search for materials,
to add to your compost pile. With very few exceptions, almost all of the
vegetation in your yard and garden, are excellent for composting.
For the exceptions, see
Not to Compost
Indoors, your kitchen is a year round treasure trove of compostable
materials. Almost all kitchen scraps, except meat, are compostable. There's
little need for a garbage disposer, when you collect kitchen scraps for your
compost project. This is such a rich source for compostable material,
manufacturers have made available an indoor home compost can just for this
Friends and neighbors are also a good source for more materials. Simply
ask friends and family, if they will collect plant waste, and give it to
you. Chances are, they are eager to do their part in saving the environment.
Just get them started, and you may find they have more than you can handle.
In the community, restaurants, schools and businesses are additional sources
of compost material. Coffee shops are usually happy to give you their coffee
grounds. Restaurants, and school and business cafeterias have huge amounts
of waste. It may be a little difficult at first, to convince them to separate
compostable water from non-compostable waste. But, many of these sources
"come around", especially if you put a little pressure on them and use the
"Go Green" phrase. Grocery stores, are another potential source. They have
plenty of scraps and spoiled foods, including breads.
Materials to Compost
and Green Compostable Materials - the right mix