Can You Compost Bones?

Bone Composting

Yes, bones can be used as composting ingredients. Bones, however, can take a bit of time to break down. You could speed up the process by boiling them first (make some good bone broth while you are at it). If you have a fire pit then it may also help to chuck some of the larger bones into a fire before the remains are put in the compost pile.

Putting bones into a compost pile could lead to odor that attract pests and rodents (e.g. mice and roaches). You could prevent this from happening by placing the bones deep in the compost pile. Smaller bones may take two or three months to compost.

Reference: http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/Composting_Animal_Mortalities.pdf

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Sam at Organic Lesson

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