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MATERIAL OK? COMMENTS Grass Cuttings Yes Do not add to compost if treated with weedkiller in last two mowings, only add in 6” layers Woody material- prunings, chippings, Yes Cut up and add in small quantities in layers with pencil parings, etc fresh material, best if shredded Kitchen waste – uncooked food scraps Yes Mix with other ingredients Coffee grounds Yes Acidic Tea leaves/Tea Bags Yes Vacuum/Hoover bag contents Yes Including paper part of bag Egg shells Yes Rinse and crush Manure – pig, sheep, cow, horse Yes Ensure that it composts thoroughly Manure – rabbit, gerbil, guinea pig Yes Any vegetarian pet manure will compost Mushroom Compost Yes May contain pesticides, A good soil builder but low in nutrients Newspapers, Cardboard, Eggboxes, Yes Shred for compost and ensure it is slightly Paper towels, envelopes, letter paper damp, excellent for good texture Leaves Yes Some leaves may take a long time to decompose Sawdust/wood shavings/ pine cones Yes High in carbon and will use up some of the nitrogen in the compost – cones decompose very slowly, acidic Cut/dead flowers Yes Weeds, Nettles yes Avoid adding weed seeds if possible Wood / peat ashes Yes Excellent source of potassium. May also be sprinkled directly into garden soil Old plants, growbags Yes Do not add if infected with vine weevil Hay, straw Yes In small quantities Seaweed, algae, garden pond cleanings Yes Fine nutrient source. If from salt water, hose down or leave out in the rain before adding to compost Clothes dryer lint, pet and human Yes hairs Paper kitchen towels, cotton dishcloths Yes Anything made of plant material-wood or cotton DO NOT ADD THE FOLLOWING: Meat No May attract vermin Fish scraps No May attract vermin Grease, oil, cooked food scraps No Low in nutrients, slows composting process, may attract vermin Cat litter No May contain disease organisms Dairy Products No May attract vermin, does not compost effectively Manure – cat or dog faeces No May contain disease organisms Barbecue /coal ashes No Contains sulphur oxides and other chemicals Conifers/ evergreen shrubs Never Compost separately and use as acidic mulch Brown – decomposes over a long period – rich in Carbon Green - compost activator – rich in Nitrogen Mix of brown and green Produced by Wicklow County Council with the support of ENFO.
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