What can I put in Lomi?

Lomi loves all sorts of food and plant waste, and adding a diverse mixture in each cycle will give the best results!  Here’s what can and can’t be put in Lomi.



Limited Amounts


  • Fruit and vegetable scraps*
  • Food leftovers, plate scrapings
  • Meat scraps
  • Soft bones (fish)
  • Soft shells (eggs, shrimp) 
  • Grains 
  • Dairy products (cheese, yogurt, butter)
  • Raw eggs
  • Legumes
  • Tofu
  • Mixed nuts (No Shells)
  • Paper coffee filters
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags (Only natural materials like hemp or cotton)
  • Rinds*
  • Peels
  • Houseplants, plants and flowers
  • Yard trimmings (leaves, straw, pine needles)
  • Lomi packaging (Lomi pulp insert, Lomi bag, activated charcoal filter bags, cardboard box)**
  • Confectionary (jams, candies, very sweet foods)
  • Very hard peels or fibrous waste (corn cobs, corn husk, coconut shells, apples)
  • Liquids 
  • Very hard peels or fibrous waste (Full pineapple head, Corn husk)
  • Pistachio shells
  • Apples
  • Cooked potatoes
  • Nut butters
  • Some high sugar/high fat items
  • Dried cranberries
  • Liquids
  • Hard bones (from chicken, beef, pork, lamb)
  • Cooking oils, very greasy foods
  • Fruit pits (from avocados, peaches, apricots, nectarines, mango)
  • Some high sugar/high fat items
    • Ice cream
    • Cranberry sauce
  • Soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars
  • Lined items
    • Chip bags
    • Juice boxes
  • Cigarettes
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hygiene products
    • Diapers
    • Wipes (baby or body)
  • Produce netting 
  • Styrofoam 
  • Pet waste
  • Pastes
  • Walnut shells (toxic to plants, contain chemical called juglone)
  • Conifer branches (branches and leaves are very acidic, resin can be toxic)
  • Glossy or waxed catalogues/paper products (often coated in plastic or uses other synthetic materials to achieve shininess)


*Cut up stems/fibrous vegetables (e.g. flower stems, carrot tops, broccoli stems, kale stems, etc) and other bigger compostable products so that they don’t get stuck during grinding and are able to break down more efficiently.

** Always choose the Lomi Approved mode when you add Lomi Approved bioplastics or compostable products & packaging. And make sure you include a 10:1 ratio of organic waste to Lomi Approved materials. 

Note: These lists are constantly being updated as we learn more from our community.


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