Can You Compost Apples?

Yes, apples can be used as composting ingredients. Apples are considered green composting materials (source of nitrogen). The apples can attract pests and rodents like mice and rats as they start to rot so try and place them deeper into the compost pile or bin. If you have an outdoor compost pile going then consider covering the apple with dry materials like leaves, natural sawdust, straws, and soil. This will also prevent birds and insects from eating the apple.

If you have a lot of apples that you want to compost then consider the trench composting technique. Dig a trench in the backyard that’s about 12 inches deep then place a layer of apples into the trench. Cover the apple with soil and let the ground work its magic. It’ll take about two years for the apples to decompose.

Reference: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/downloads/55835.pdf

Apple Composting