Can You Compost Condoms?

I only recently got into composting, and I fully admit that my household is still getting the hang of it. While I feel like almost everything in my life is compostable or recyclable, I don’t think I would have added condoms to either of those lists. However, an article from the Matador Network caught my attention (and I really thought it was a Onion-esque joke at first), but it suggests that latex condoms are compostable. Maybe they are but this video on YouTube (above) challenges this idea – and at the very least suggests that it might take more time or different methods than it takes for other things that are often thrown into the compost bin.

That article has a link to a list of 75 things that you can compost, which I found interesting (add cardboard tampon applicators to your compost bin). I still recommend tying off any latex condoms before you dispose of them (whether in the trash can or the compost bin – but never in the toilet!) – and certainly checking every now and then to make sure that they are truly being composted and not just sitting in the bin.

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.