Can Bread Be Composted: Tips For Composting Bread

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
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Compost consists of organic matter that has been decomposed. Finished compost is an extremely valuable asset for gardeners, as it can be used to enhance soil. Though compost can be purchased, many gardeners choose to make their own compost piles. In doing so, some knowledge will be required in order to distinguish between what items can and cannot be composted. This is especially important when conflicting information arises. The question, “Can I compost bread?” is one such example.

Can Bread Be Composted?

Among many compost enthusiasts, whether or not to compost stale bread is a topic of debate. While those against it will insist that adding bread to compost will needlessly attract pests to your pile, other composters disagree. Choosing whether or not to compost stale bread will require research and consideration to each grower’s unique compost preferences.

Adding Bread to Compost

When adding bread to compost, there will be some considerations in order to obtain the best result. Those composting bread will need to pay special attention to the product ingredients to ensure that it does not contain anything that should not be composted, such as dairy. While fresh bread can be added to the compost, it is best added after it has gone stale and started to mold.

To begin the composting process, break the bread into small pieces. These pieces can be mixed with any other vegetable scraps going into the compost pile, or added individually. Scraps should be added to the center of the compost pile and then covered completely. This should help discourage the presence of rodents and decrease the likelihood of a “smelly” compost pile. Those using closed or tumbler compost containers will clearly have the advantage in making certain to avoid unwanted animals in the compost pile.

Opinions differ regarding whether or not bread scraps should be considered a “green” or “brown” addition to the compost pile. However, most agree that its high nitrogen content means that it should be considered a green material. This is important since compost piles should only consist of roughly one third green materials.

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