Can I put milk in my compost?

QUESTION: Can I put milk in my compost?

ANSWER: Milk and other dairy products should not be included in compost because they create a rotten stench as they break down and can also entice pests like maggots and rodents to the compost area. The same goes for meat, fish, and grease as well as dairy products, so all these materials should be left out of your compost pile.

If you are trench composting, where you completely bury the materials underground, it is possible to compost meat and dairy, but grease will still cause big problems.

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