Hi, I am wondering if one can composte used tissues? I attended the class in...

Asked June 7, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT

Hi, I am wondering if one can composte used tissues? I attended the class in EP a few months ago, and forgot to ask. I thought that I heard on a radio talk show that one may composte used kleenexes. I have had bad allergies and have gone through tons. I would appreciate a response some time. Thanks Tish McKenzie

Hennepin County Minnesota compost horticulture

1 Response

Many paper materials will compost, including facial tissue. Some people are squeamish about this, and I'd recommend not composting if you have a viral infection such as a cold. I could find no research on how long or how hot the compost to kill virus. Also, facial tissue is designed to break down quickly - good for the compost heap, yes, but also good for the ordinary solid waste stream.

Just remember that you need equal parts "green" and "brown", and paper is "brown". Green material can be plant clippings, vegetable peelings, grass clippings, manure, or even fertilizer. Read here about composting:
http://albany.cce.cornell.edu/resources/compost-home-composting-brochure