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Q.What Can I Do With Kitchen Scraps That Are Not Compostable?

Zone 23455 | barbararyan000 added on December 21, 2020 | Answered

Every day, our household produces about a gallon of compostable kitchen scraps – veggie peels, coffee grounds, banana peels, etc. However, we also end up with a fair amount of non-compostable items (meat, cat food, etc. that collects in the sink strainer) which we put in the trash. Is there something we can do with this to prevent it all going to a landfill? Dry it? Bury it in the ground? In nature, animals remains end up in the soil. Thanks!

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Answered on December 21, 2020

Unfortunately, for the home composter it is too dangerous to keep these things around. Animal remains can carry diseases that will not compost properly. This means that it may end up in your body at some point.

In nature, outside of a closed system, there are microbes and animals that make quick work of animal skin, meat, and fat. Usually, the only thing left to compost will be bones. It is acceptable to compost thoroughly dried bones.

Unfortunately, the landfill is the best option, unless you throw your scraps outside for scavengers to have a snack. That is an option, also!

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