Can I Compost My Coffee Filters?
After my mom makes coffee for herself in the morning, I use the single cup water heater to make a cup of tea. I know there’s a coffee filter with coffee grounds in there that will make my tea taste bitter if I leave it, so I take it out, and there is always the morning conundrum: Trash or Compost?
The odd part about this, is that I will throw out the coffee grounds AND coffee filter, without giving it another thought. So I thought that with this article, I can educate myself a bit about composting.
According to the EPA, the following items are compost-able:
- Animal manure
- Cardboard rolls
- Clean paper
- Coffee grounds and filters
- Cotton rags
- Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
- Eggshells (NOT what’s inside)
- Fireplace ashes
- Fruits and vegetables
- Grass clippings
- Hair and fur
- Hay and straw
- Nut shells
- Shredded newspaper
- Tea bags
- Wood chips
- Wool rags
- Yard trimmings
What else? There is a whole list of things, here that I bet you didn’t know could be composted.
So, the answer to my earlier question: YES, compost the coffee filter. It also did not take that much effort to find out this information. I could have save approximately 3 coffee filters filled with grounds from the trash if I just looked it up before.
Find out more about what you can and can’t compost here.