Use Shredded Paper in the Garden

Will using shredded paper in your garden cause the plants to absorb lead?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By Dianne from GA

December 29, 20100 found this helpful

Most, if not all, newspapers no longer use leaded inks. You could call your newspaper (or check online) to be sure; but I think you are safe!

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

Jilson is right but only use the black and white, not the slick, colored ones.

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January 11, 20110 found this helpful

Nowadays the newspaper is not printed with leaded ink. I like to put a nice layer of shreds down under the compost I add to my raised beds each winter/spring. Adds more organic material to the soil, takes care of a disposal problem for me, and gives the earthwormies some more to munch on.

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