Can You Compost Egg Boxes?

There are many things that can go in your compost bin. It’s not just for leftovers and other organic waste that can’t be thrown away any other way. Even if something doesn’t seem like it would break down easily, if it was alive at one point and is made of plant materials, you can probably compost it.

Although, there are some things that will keep your compost from working well. If you want to get the most out of your compost, you should avoid putting certain things in it.

If you’ve found yourself wondering “are egg boxes compostable?”, “how do I do it?” and “how long will they take to compost?”: you’ve come to the right place.

Can you put egg boxes in the compost?

Yes, egg boxes are compostable. Adding egg boxes to your compost pile will contribute to creating a nutrient-rich fertiliser that you can use in your garden.

Can you put them in the waste bin?

If you don’t have a compost bin, you can put paper and cardboard in the appropriate roadside collection bin but biodegradable materials like egg boxes are better off being in a compost pile.

Disposing of organic or compostable waste like paper and cardboard in landfill can contribute to the release of potent greenhouse gases like methane, which has around 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide.

Methane emissions are significantly reduced by composting suitable food waste and organic materials.

How to compost egg boxes

You should shred or tear up the newspaper to allow oxygen to get inside and allow it to break down.

As a brown material, you should be adding egg boxes and other brown carbon-rich materials then a layer of green to cover it. Remember to use a garden fork or a stick to poke holes in your compost every couple of weeks to mix the pile up.

How long will egg boxes take to compost?

It takes around 6 weeks for egg boxes to completely decompose in a compost. Because they don’t take a long time to decompose, you can add them to your compost fairly regularly.

Egg boxes discarded on the ground or buried in the ground will take longer to decompose.

Are egg boxes a green or brown material?

Egg boxes should be considered a brown material when composting.

Materials that are brown, like egg boxes, are often more dry solid and woody; and are a source of carbon (one of the four essential ingredients) for your compost. Harder brown materials create air pockets that provide oxygen for the microorganisms breaking the compost pile down.

Composts rely on brown materials like egg boxes to add bulk and structure to the pile.

Will composting them attract pests?

No. Egg boxes will not attract pests.

Composting considerations

When composting egg boxes, you should add some water to dampen it and start the rotting process.

Omar Agor-Wood
Omar Agor-Wood

Omar is a digital marketer by day for one of the UK's largest environmental consultancy companies, and is writing like the world depends on it for Pick Ethical at night. He has a passion for hiking, bouldering, his and fussing his dog Pepper.

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