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I was thinking about composting again and I'm really not sure what all I can put on the compost heap.

When I used to do it, I would put the left over vegetable scraps, fruit peels, etc. Basically, scraps from fresh fruit and veggie sources.

I was wondering though, could I put my uneaten cooked beans on the compost heap? Rice? Veggie soup? lol

Thanks for any info.
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The only things I avoid throwing on are oils and cheeses. If you have meat eaters in the house, don't put any of that in. Cooked vegetables, pasta, rice are fine. If you get smelly compost, you are putting the wrong things in.
I put coffee grounds, tea bags, bread eggs shells. Some people put their shredded papers in.
I have a compost pile and a compost bin. The bin gets more food items (anything thats rotten out of my garden or falls and smashed, fruit peels, scraps from vegetables, coffee grounds, ect) they both get pine needles, leaves, grass clippings, ect.

Now I need to get started. Granted, it's cold here and the ground is currently frozen but if we have a few nice days it would be nice to go work the ground where the garden will be later this year.
I'm going to be working on mine today, raking the yard and tossing everything into the compost pile.

It's actually like 70 F here!
We have a compost pile and put pretty much the same things the posters have mentioned - all fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, plant leaves/trimmings, and egg shells (the rest of my family eats them). We don't usually put things like beans, pasta, bread, etc. just because I am afraid it is going to smell too much.
Ok, thank you for the input.
I've been told that cooked food attracts rats - so we put chicken wire on the floor and put the compost bins on top of that. I put in pretty much everything thats 'fresh'. Cooked potatoes go in (skins etc), toast does as well. I do put brown cardboard in after I found that straight grass clippings go slimy without the extra carbon.

Daily diggings made a enormous difference - the temperature of the compost got really quite hot and stuff broke down very fast indeed. This was the summer though.

Weirdest thing I've found to go in was Quality Street wrappers - the box pronounces them as compostable - not the foil bit - but it was nice to see information like this on the side of a packet.
We also have a compost pile. We usually just put in fruit and veggie scraps and bread. Also grass clippings and egg shells when we used to eat eggs.
Hair can be composted as well - though in springtime I leave it in the garden so the birds can use it as nesting material.
I think I'm going to have to calm down with the hair thing though. I'm a hairdresser and half my bin seems to be hair at the moment.
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