leave animal products out of your compost mix
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Correct Compost Ingredients

Microbes have a hard time breaking down things like cheese, butter, milk, cooking oil, or scraps of meat. So avoid using your pile as a trash bin—add only fruit and veggie bits. Animal waste from Fido or Fluffy doesn't belong in there, either. Besides, you don't want this sort of stuff sitting around outside; it smells bad as it rots and attracts vermin. Enough said.
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