a never before asked* 'can I compost this?' question

rmontcalMarch 23, 2013

I just received a package in the post and it included two packs of desiccant.

Can I or should I compost the contents of them? Or should I use them for something else? Or should I just pitch 'em?

* Not sure about this claim...

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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Certainly no expert on this, but I can't see how a desiccant would benefit a pile unless you had a continuing problem with excess moisture and were getting ongoing anerobic digestion. Maybe someone else can recomend whether it is even a good thing to put this in the pile as the chemistry of the desiccant may have an adverse effect? Doesn't sound good to me.
hortster

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 8:16PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

That would be "anaerobic." Sorry.
hortster

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 8:20PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Synthetic probably, moisture absorbing certainly, most likely does not meet the if you would eat it test though. I'm not at all sure it would be anaerobic, however.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 6:27AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Those little packs of desiccant are useful for placing in storage containers; I use 'em in household storage boxes & for pantry items as well. I keep them from direct contact w/ foods,tho.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 10:21AM
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toxcrusadr

I think they are a type of silica, i.e. the same stuff as sand, and would be harmless in the compost, but would add nothing either, same as adding a handful of sand. I keep the larger ones around, bake them in the oven to re-dry when needed, and use them for storing delicate things.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 3:02PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

If you gather seed from your plants, you can toss them in the 'seed box'

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:39PM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

I would not add dessicant to the compost pile... I don't see how it will benefit the compost... I would do what the above post said, use it for storing things,etc.. Only thing that goes in my compost is plant matter, manure, and ground up rock...

Joe

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 1:05AM
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