Can I compost dairy products?

Monday, 3 February 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

Unlike the traditional cold composting bins, the HOTBIN is able to decompose butter and hard cheeses. The problem with other dairy products, such as liquid based products (which is why their addition is not advised) is that they increase the waste's water content, preventing the HOTBIN from hot composting effectively.

 

Dairy Produce Will it Decay Cold
Compost
HOTBIN compost Rate of decay in the HOTBIN Comments
Butter Yes Not advised Yes Fast Cut into cubes
Hard cheeses Yes Not Advised Yes Fast Break/cut into chunks or cubes
Soft Cheese Yes Not Advised No Fast  
Milk       Yes Not Advised No Fast Adding milk would cause the water content to be too high for effective hot composting.
Yoghurt Yes Not Advised No Fast Adding yoghurt would cause the water content to be too high for effective hot composting.