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I voted plant life only. Actually since we do vermicomposting only (in an apartment), I am picky about which plant life as well... I do not put much stuff that takes a long time to biodegrade, no banana peels because they have more fruit fly larvae, no citrus so that it doesn't get too acidic, very few roots such as ginger & potatoes cause they just get cozy & sprout!
 

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I voted "other". We're vegetarian, so no meat, but we do compost eggshells, of course all manner of vegetable/fruit leavings, heels of bread, bits of pasta, yard waste, paper towels (I only buy unbleached paper towels and very rarely use them anyway), coffee grounds (DH gets big bags full at Starbucks), tea bags - hmmm- that's all I can think of right now.
 

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I voted plant life only, but then i realized that's not really true. I also use hair from my hairbrush, dryer lint and my sister told me that I can use urine, so I let DS pee on the compost heap. funny right? I checked on it and it's really good for the compost. The nitrogen I guess.
 

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I voted plant life only but I've recently found a "paper" plate that I compost. It is made of potato, corn, and limestone. We are using them while our kitchen is being remodeled. I think it is called Earth Shell?
 

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I put in all plant-based things, some (but not most) odd meat or fish-based bits if I don't think they'll attract stray dogs, certain paper items like coffee filters and kleenex, and limited amounts of dairy products. I wouldn't pour a half-gallon of expired milk into the heap, for instance, but a dried bit of cheese or an uneaten half-cup of yogurt is OK.<br><br>
Oh, yeah, and ashes from the woodstove, dryer lint, and human hair.<br><br>
So, basically, "other." My compost pile is far enough away from the house and other people to not need to worry TOO much about issues like fruit flies or the occasional off-odor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We have curb side compost pickup, and we can put in so many things- dryer lint, any food, pasta, candy, tea bags, paper plates, napkins, hair, nail clippings.<br><br>
What can go in:<br><br><a href="http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/CityandGovernment/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/WasteManagement/ProgramsAndServices/GreenCartComposting/WhatGoesIn.htm" target="_blank">http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/...WhatGoesIn.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
Diapers, sanitary products, and pet waste may be added in the future, like it is in Toronto.
 

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Everything I can.<br><br>
I once composted a whole chicken that we didn't remember we were defrosting. It was way in the back of the fridge , and we ddn't remember it (sad). I felt horrible at the waste, and I could not bring myselt to just put this organic bird in the trash!<br><br>
I put it in our compost, thinking, "ohmygsoh the rats and bugs will come, I shouldn't do this! " I checked on my compost a lot after that, worrying. And yet, ehen we got to using that particular compost batch, the dirt was wonderful...although we found *lots* of chicken bones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Later, I asked a gardener friend of ours from southern Europe about this. He told me not to worry-- that he --and everyone else--put everything in the compost. He said it meat takes a bit longet to break down, but like anything else, it does break down. You also need to cover it so you don't attract animals.<br><br>
So, basically, I put every single scrap from my kitchen in the compost. Although we do not eat much flesh, and I wouldnt make a habit of composting flesh.<br><br>
Soon, however, my chickens will be getting all my kitchen scraps, and I won't have a compost. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I voted plant life only, but then i realized that's not really true. I also use hair from my hairbrush, dryer lint and my sister told me that I can use urine, so I let DS pee on the compost heap. funny right? I checked on it and it's really good for the compost. The nitrogen I guess.</div>
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Oh yeah - I compost hair too! Especially now that I'm 4 month post-partum and shedding worse than the dogs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I voted other. We mainly compost scraps and bits of left over food but no meat. I will occassionally add some paper to the pile as well. (we have a flower bed compost pile and a veggie/fruit compost pile.)<br><br>
My girls got such a kick out of digging up last yrs compost pile and seeing all the worms!
 

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I put all the scraps from the kitchen in the compost, have even found a fork in the pile before! I don't put newspaper or paper in there although I have in the past. I wouldn't say I put candy in there because we don't buy much and the little candy we do buy gets eaten <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We eat meat and have raised animals to butcher so cooked meat, greese, feathers, bones all get thrown in. (dog gets first meat scraps but there are some I don't want her eating)<br><br>
Chickens usually get the veggie scraps but sometimes their bucket is full so we toss into compost plus there are things they won't eat.<br><br>
When we had goats we would use the whey left over from cheesemaking either in the compost or on the beds themselves.<br><br>
We don't have to worry about offending the neighbors with the smell since the closest are a half mile away and for wild critters the dog keeps everything away from the garden usually. For the real stinky stuff I will either bury it down in or cover it up with clippings or something to keep the same dog out of the pile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We have some oyster shells in the compost that keep getting tossed back in, probably originally ate them 5 years ago, but sooner or later they will break down.
 

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I voted "plant life only," but I also add eggshells to my kitchen pail, along with the veggie bits. We layer our kitchen scraps with dry stuff -- cardboard, leaves, twigs, and dryer lint. I always knew there had to be a use for dryer lint! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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sheep and rabbit droppings, tons of leaves and spoiled hay, old mothe eaten woolies, old feather pillows, fleece skirtings and other dirty or not very nice fleece, egg shells and general kitchen scraps except meat and fish. I do bury meat and fish bones and cover well or I burn them. Oh also woodstove ash dryer lint, floor sweepings, natural fabric scraps, newspaper that has been used in bunny cage or in entrance to soak up muddy dog feet, hair and if I think it needs a boost of nitrogen I will keep a pee pot and empty that into it every morning to get it started.
 

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Everything but meat and dairy. Vacuumed stuff, cotton, wool yarn scraps, hair, dryer lint, dog hair, whatever I sweep up, leaves, hay, grasses, all shredded paper, sawdust (whenever available).
 

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We have started to toss kitchen scraps in the corner of the yard where we piled up leaves last fall. I just haven't had time to put together anything with chicken wire. We bought a plastic compost container because I thought heck - just get it you'll never make your own... but I think we should return it - it isn't big enough for leaves and yard waste. My dad built a compost out of plywood - It was 6 feet tall and about 4 feet square. We put all the yard leaves into it and a few other things, but mostly the leaves and we had the blackest wormiest earth I have ever seen come out the bottom. I would like to do that if I can ever find the time. I don't think we added grass very often to my dad's compost... I always thought that it wasn't good compost - any comments on grass? Maybe because it would have filled the compost up to fast..?? The leaves we would jump on as kids and smash down.<br><br>
Oh yeah - my husband is worried about composting egg shells... and validity to that? I think they would be great.
 

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We have curb side compost pickup, and we can put in so many things- dryer lint, any food, pasta, candy, tea bags, paper plates, napkins, hair, nail clippings.<br><br>
What can go in:<br><br><a href="http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/CityandGovernment/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/WasteManagement/ProgramsAndServices/GreenCartComposting/WhatGoesIn.htm" target="_blank">http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/...WhatGoesIn.htm</a><br><br><br>
That is awsome!
 

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I checked "Plant Life", because no meat goes in (I don't eat it). However, I do compost eggshells, tea bags, unbleached paper goods, etc.
 

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I don't deliberately put in much meat or cheese, but if it's part of our meal scraps it's fine with me.<br><br>
Most of my compost is actually simple hay, manure, weeds, and food scraps. But I've tossed in natural fabrics and string--there is an entire huge ball of twine out there now because it had been left in the rain. Paper is common in small amounts--when we actually use paper towels or napkins they go in routinely.
 

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We compost vegetables (uncooked), coffee grinds and filters, egg shells, grass clippings, and leaves. We try to keep the greens and browns equal.
 
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