Talkback: Is it OK to compost tea bags?

The tea bags I added to my compost about 5 years ago didn't rot down. They are still around when everything else has rotted. They seem to have a very fine nylon mesh inside which I still come across 5 years later. I haven't added more recent tea bags, I open them and just add the tea to the compost.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,611

    I've never found Waitrose or Sainsbury's tea bags " survive" composting 

  • Yes, the bags themselves take an age to breakdown. Specially the highly processed bleached ones.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,381

    Many teabags aren't made just of paper - they also contain polypropylene

    see here

    I put them on the compost heap and pick the uncomposted bits out later when I spread the compost on the veg patch.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,881

    I've never had a problem with either twinings or pg tips.

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  • arneilarneil Posts: 218

    I still use Leaf Tea , but it is getting more difficult to find , the tea leaves compost ok and the cold tea left in the pot is great for watering acid loving plants

  • arneilarneil Posts: 218

    The problem with my compost ( when I used to make it ) was that too much orange peel was unhelpful

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,717

    PG tips here too - all seems to compost fineimage

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,231

    When I get t bags from my dad, (he uses PG, they dont rot down as quick as my compost) i just let them dry off a bit and rip them open.

    We use loose tea now, several to choose from in Morrisons, usually use yorkshire but it can be a bit fine 

    Typhoo or PG all do loose tea.

    Think I may have a go at your worm thingy Edd, do you make it and store it in sacks until you need it,

    I do need loads by autumn though, would it work?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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