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Posted: 04/17/12 02:34 PM ET  |  Updated: 04/17/12 02:35 PM ET

Can I Compost Pencils? Yes. Beer, Towels And Pet Food Too

From Earth911's Mary Mazzoni:

When it comes to compostables, most of us think of the usual suspects – fruit and vegetable scraps, yard trimmings and paper. But that’s only the start of what you can toss in your bin. Last year we gave you eight crazy things to compost. Here’s a few more to add to the list. Not sure how to compost? Our handy cheat sheet will help you start your own pile.

List and captions courtesy of Earth911

1. Office Leftovers
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Sure, you can toss shredded paper, junk mail and cardboard onto your backyard pile. But what about other office leftovers? Rescue more materials from your office trash can by composting some of these surprising supplies.

You may think that the adhesive strips on envelopes, sticky notes and masking tape exclude these materials from your bin, but they're actually just as easy to compost as other paper products. Just remember to remove any plastic windows from your envelopes before tossing them on the pile.

Check for toxic ingredients first, but most water-based white glues - including Elmer's brand - are also 100 percent compostable.

And don't forget all those pencil shavings! After all, they're just wood, right?

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