Composting has become a common thing to do for many people, taking organic food waste and turning it into nutrient-rich soil for use in the garden. While most food scraps from our kitchens can be used in these compost piles, there are some things that you have to be careful to not add to the compost. Here are some of them.
It might be tempting to just throw scraps of meat that you don’t consume into the compost pile, but this can cause big problems. Meat attracts pests and animals that can invade your compost pile and it just doesn’t break down in a way that helps your compost.
Another group of animal products that you shouldn’t put into your compost pile is dairy. Yogurts, ice creams, milk, and other items should be disposed of differently because they will sour, rot, and potentially attract animals and other pests to your compost.
Oil is something that should be disposed of carefully in designated drop-off places and not added to your compost pile. Cooking oil doesn’t biodegrade like other plant products do and its smell can attract hungry animals to your compost, which can ruin it.