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Can I Compost Meat?

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meatNo, you shouldn’t compost meat – whether cooked or raw.

The smell of rotting meat or other meat products is likely to attract rats and other animals to your compost heap so best to avoid adding it if possible.

(Some people with completely sealed bins or very active wormeries are happy to add meat, particularly just little scraps.)

You should also avoid adding things that have come into contact with meat (eg, during cooking), even if you could normally compost them. For example, onions are fine to compost but onions cooked underneath a pork or beef roast will have soaked up meat fat and juices so shouldn’t be composted.

Similarly, bones including chicken carcasses should not be composted – not only might they attract rats and the like, they will take years and years to break down.

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  1. Consider moving meat and fish to the “maybe” category. Buried, or added to a closed bin and covered with a layer of grass clippings or straw, meat and fish compost fine and neither smell nor attract vermin. I’ve been doing this for years in a closed Earthsaver bin with absolutely no problems beyond the occasional smell if I have been lazy about the burying part. It is perfectly safe. You just pick the bones out of the finished compost. As an added benefit, the bones can be dried and crushed for homemade bonemeal.

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