Slowly but surely the little critters who have taken up residence in my compost bin are eating and pooping their way through my table scraps and garden clippings. Sometimes it's a challenge to come up with compostable trash when you live alone, one certainly doesn't produce the waste that a family of four does. If you have the same problem or simply want to compost more here are some things that maybe you haven't considered before:
1. Dryer lint - or that disgusting wad of lint you pulled off your refrigerator coils
2. Pet hair - Although I live alone, there is certainly an abundance of pet hair in my apartment
3. Wine - though you'd have to leave some in the bottle (or box, if you prefer) to compost
5. Fish bones
6. Cotton balls/swabs (with cardboard sticks, not plastic)
7. Egg Shells - or crush up and spread them around your plants to keep snails and other would be predators from chomping on your plants
8. Coffee Grounds/Tea Leaves - Coffee grounds are also terrific added straight to the soil surrounding acid loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and roses.
10. Old Pasta and rice - plain and cooked
11. Elmer's Glue
12. Cage Droppings from your herbivorous pets (birds, bunnies, guinea pigs) - don't forget the bedding, it's an excellent source of carbon for the pile
13. Crustacean Shells (shrimp, lobster, crab)
14. Wool Socks or any other natural fiber clothing; cotton, hemp, etc.
15. and my favorite...Toenail Clippings! Seriously....Google it!
And for a little bonus, I couldn't quite bring myself to add this to my list but this article is really a funny read.