So, what Christmas waste can you compost?
Food waste: Uncooked fruit and vegetable wastes can all be composted. That includes the peelings from your Christmas dinner vegetables and the Satsuma peel leftovers from your Christmas stocking.
Even cooked foods can be composted if you use a bokashi bin or wormery.
Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and Cardboard (from packaging): The best option with these is where you can re-use them - we all now surely cut up cards to make gift tags and I like a bit of last year’s Christmas paper myself. However, paper and card is a great way to add fibre and air to your wormery and adding a good layer in your garden compost heap will balance out too much green waste and speed the whole thing up.
Christmas trees: Whilst it is possible to compost a whole (real) Christmas tree it probably isn’t the best option for the whole thing but when the pine needles fall off the tree as they invariably do you can certainly compost these. There is a misconception that composting pine needles will result in acidic compost. It’s not true, by the time the needles are composted they will have lost most of their acidic potency.
And the weather? The composting process does work fastest in warm conditions. However, there is a range of ways to insulate your bin and to get the composting process kickstarted in the cold and worms and bokashi work all year round so happy days.
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