Sometimes, and it happens to all of us cheese fanatics (including me!) Our cheese is neglected in the fridge and ends up looking like something way past the edible stage. This leaves us with the question- can cheese go in compost?
Can Cheese go in Compost?
In general, it is advised to not compost cheese. This is because cheese (and dairy in general) can emit a strong smell. This will attract unwanted pests such as rats. This is also the case for a natural or a wax rind.
Cheese will inevitably slow down the composting process. This is due to the high levels of fat content found in the cheese. Fats and other oils will act as a watertight barrier, which in turn will restrict the airflow and therefore reduce the speed of decomposition.
There are a couple of simple processes to ensure that cheese is added to your compost bin correctly and safely.
- Bury deep into the compost bin – This will mean there is less chance to release odours and the risk to attract pests.
- Mix with sawdust or leaves – Cheese contains high moisture levels. Mixing with these dry materials will help soak up the moisture leaked by the cheese.