Hair Put in Garbage Cart/Bin Ways to Reduce Compost Your Hair Hair that is not long enough to be donated can be composted. If hair ends up in waste piles, it will probably be burned and release toxic gases, which are damaging to the environment and human health over time. Did You Know? Hair Can Be Turned Into a Biofuel Human hair, as well as other fibers like chicken feathers, can be broken down and processed into bioplastics and biofuel. Designer Thomas Vailly created a human hair bioplastic that “resembles leather” and could be a useful alternative to other single-use plastics. Read more.