Composting Vacuum Cleaner Bag Contents

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Author: derrik
Tuesday, October 01, 2002 - 11:02 pm
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I have read so many different things on this topic. What does this group say? Can you compost the contents of a vacuum cleaner bag? Some say it's ok if you have natural fiber carpets, but not if you don't. Is a little bit of synthetic fiber that much of a problem? And besides that, how often do you empty your vacuum cleaner bag anyway? It would be a very small portion of the compost bin.

Author: Stephen
Friday, October 04, 2002 - 12:09 am
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Carpet contains formaldahyde, and the little bit of usefull organic materials in your bag wouldn't amount to much.
I would not put it in my bin for future garden use anyhow. I usually throw mine down in the weeds.

Author: Heather
Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 1:28 pm
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I have hard wood and linoleum floors + a shedding dog and 2 sheddding people. I typically DO compost the contents of the sweeper bag (no carpet fluff- mostly dust (skin flakes) and hair).
It would probably be OK also if you had older wool carpets.

Author: TCLynx
Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 4:00 pm
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I suppose it might depend on the type and age of the carpets I had. I hate the smell of new synthetic carpet and new carpet tends to shed alot.
My mom has an old Rainbow vacume that uses a water trap instead of a bag and it has to be dumped outside anyway. I would definitely dump that one into the compost since a large portion of the contents is dog and people hair along with tracked in sand and food particles from the dining room carpet.

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