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To put the mussel shells in the food waste recycling?

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thatorchidmoment Sat 14-Jan-17 18:28:54

Currently eating moules mariniere, and I was just pondering the clear-up. Do the shells go in normal bins or food recycling bags?

I appreciate this is quite a middle-class dilemma. Please help!

NuffSaidSam Sat 14-Jan-17 18:31:43

We always put ours in the food recycling. It never occurred to me not to tbh. I don't know if that's right though!

EveOnline2016 Sat 14-Jan-17 18:31:57

It belongs in normal waste.

Weedsnseeds1 Sat 14-Jan-17 18:35:47

They're inorganic so won't compost, so normal waste I would say.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Sat 14-Jan-17 18:38:00

Keep them! If you have a garden that is prone to slugs you can crush them up & put them on the soil to deter them

Jaimx86 Sat 14-Jan-17 18:38:40

Always put them in a food bag, tie it, and put in the regular waste bin.

backtowork2015 Sat 14-Jan-17 18:39:18

But egg shells go in the food waste, why not shellfish shells?

TheSpottedZebra Sat 14-Jan-17 18:41:44

Food waste! Bones would go there too, no?

And surely they're organic, in the chemical sense (not the ethics/farming sense, although perhaps they're that too).

eurochick Sat 14-Jan-17 18:44:41

How are they inorganic?!?

LIZS Sat 14-Jan-17 18:45:14

We always do. They must be degradable.

dementedpixie Sat 14-Jan-17 18:45:26

I would put them in food waste

thatorchidmoment Sat 14-Jan-17 18:48:24

I was thinking vaguely along the lines of eggshells going in compost/food waste, so perhaps shellfish shells should too, but then remembered that plenty of beaches have sand that is composed partly of pulverised shells, which clearly stick around practically for ever, so now I'm confused! I thought I might get a clear answer from the collective wisdom here.

DH has put his in the food waste, so maybe I should go with normal bin for mine, and keep everyone happy?

Boundaries Sat 14-Jan-17 18:48:55

Food waste!

Of course they are organic! Otherwise how the bloody hell would the mussel make them?

SomewhatIdiosyncratic Sat 14-Jan-17 18:49:37

I compost at home, and think they'd be too tough to break down. Egg shells are tough enough for a domestic setting, but I still put them in compost for the texture as I have a heavy clay soil.

Boundaries Sat 14-Jan-17 18:50:27

Oops, posted too soon...They are made of the same stuff as eggshells - calcium carbonate.

GreenTureen Sat 14-Jan-17 18:51:21

Food waste! Bones would go there too, no?

Our food waste specifically states no carcasses OR meat bones. It's the only thing excluded, presumably because they take time to degrade? I would imagine a mussel shell takes longer than egg shell to break down so I wouldn't automatically assume they're OK.

CockacidalManiac Sat 14-Jan-17 18:54:26

I seem to remember that archaeologists dig a lot of them up; that would imply they don't degrade in soil very fast.

thatorchidmoment Sat 14-Jan-17 18:55:00

Bernards I wish I had the time and inclination to store, crush and scatter mussel shells to deter slugs, but currently pregnant with #4 and pretty floored with first trimester exhaustion. Hence DH haunting the reduced corner in Tesco and buying interesting things for tea (boil-in-the-bag mussels for starters and Katsu chicken curry for main, followed by a hot cross bun for pudding, anyone?).

TheSpottedZebra Sat 14-Jan-17 18:56:21

Huh. Our green waste specifically states ALL kitchen waste apart of packaging and the like. (Apart from liquid oil.) But yes to bones, egg shells... So I guess we're all different!

NB I've said before, but I am so grateful for my bin and recycling collections. I get weekly collections of all, and I am so lucky to do so.

ftmsoon Sat 14-Jan-17 19:01:22

I'd put them in our food caddy, but it specifically says bones are OK.

StillRabbit Sat 14-Jan-17 19:02:42

As our food waste specifically says to put bones and meat carcasses in, I also put mussel shells in....

I wouldn't put them in home composting....

thatorchidmoment Sat 14-Jan-17 19:02:55

I checked my local council website for their list of acceptable stuff, and eggshells and bones are on it. Nothing about shells on that, or the unacceptable list.

This is taking up too much of my thinking capacity tonight!

Cherrysoup Sat 14-Jan-17 19:03:24

The list of what to go in the compost bone specifically includes mussel shells. You did right to put them in there.

Cherrysoup Sat 14-Jan-17 19:03:55

Our council's list, I mean, not some generic worldwide list!

CommunionHelp Sat 14-Jan-17 19:04:40

We just crush them and put on the garden. But if you don't want to do that then, yes, fine in the compost technically, but I'd give them a quick smack with a big rock just to help them on their way.

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