Composting Citrus Peels

All kinds of vegetable and fruit peels are a great addition to your compost pile. This guide is about composting citrus peels.


March 20, 2008 Flag
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Can you put orange or grapefruit peels in your compost pile?

Hardiness Zone: 6a

Peggy from Chillicothe, OH


Yes, definitely!

You can successfully compost all types of fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen. Meat scraps, dairy products, and high-fat foods like salad dressings and peanut butter can be composted too, but it is generally better to avoid them. They produce a rancid smell when decomposing that repels neighbors and attracts animals.

To speed up decomposition, food scraps should be chopped or cut up into small pieces and eggshells crushed. Here are some examples of items that can be composted. Some of them may surprise you:

Food Waste (cooked & raw)

Breads, candy, coffee grounds (& non-bleached filters), eggshells, fruit & vegetable peelings, microwaveable popcorn bags, Popsicle sticks, nuts, paper food wraps & ice cream boxes, paper plates, napkins and towels, pasta, pizza boxes, tea leaves & tea bags, muffin liners, and wine corks.

Yard Waste

Brush, grass clippings (not chemically treated), hay & straw, leaves, pine cones/needles, plants, roots, sawdust and wood shavings, twigs & branches, weeds (not recommended).

Other Waste

Shredded cardboard, dust bunnies, feathers, human hair, newspaper, etc.

Happy composting!


January 5, 20080 found this helpful

Here is what I do with my orange peel. Remove as much of the white as possible, then grind it up in my coffee grinder. Let it dry half hour or som and store in plastic bag in freezer. I now have orange rind to add to many things I bake, especially biscotti.

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March 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have an orange tree and make juice. I always put all the rinds from making the juice in the composite and layer them with grass, leaves,etc. I have had no problems with them decomposing in a timely manner:)

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March 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have a bag less vacuum cleaner, I empty the container in it! (Also a great way to find money and game pieces that got sucked up)

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January 7, 20090 found this helpful

Does the peel make compost too acidic? What about the chemicals sprayed onto the fruits?

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