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How to Compost Meat & Bones

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Use chicken bones in a compost.
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Composting allows you to take organic materials and re-use them in the soil on your property. These organic materials contain nutrients that benefit the soil. This form of recycling is much better than just throwing your organic materials into a trash can. Two organic materials you may not have thought of composting include animal meat and animal bones.

Cook your meat. Uncooked meat contains harmful bacteria and produces a horrible odor as it decomposes. Cooking the meat prepares it for use in your compost pile.

Cut your meat into smaller pieces with a kitchen knife. It is easier to do this after you have cooked the meat.

Use a hacksaw to cut your bones in to smaller pieces because larger bones take longer to decompose.

Layer the meat and bones in your compost pile. Cover each layer of meat and bones with grass clippings or vegetable greens. These contain nitrogen, which is needed to help break down the materials in the compost pile.

Water the compost pile so that it is wet but not soaked.

Add a compost accelerator since the meat and bones take longer to decompose than the rest of the items in your compost bin.

Cover your compost pile with a tarp. When spring comes, your compost will be ready to spread over the soil in your yard.


Things You Will Need

  • Meat
  • Knife
  • Bones
  • Hacksaw
  • Compost bin
  • Compost accelerant
  • Tarp


  • Try to trim the fat off your meat before you use it in your compost pile.
  • Purchase a compost accelerator at your local garden center.


  • Using meat and bones in your compost pile can attract animals as well as insects.
  • It is a myth that you should not compost meat and bones.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.