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How to Compost Shredded Paper

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Once shredded, unglossy paper is a great addition to a compost pile, where moisture and worms will turn it into a rich soil addition. This is a guide about how to compost shredded paper.


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June 16, 2009

When you empty out your paper shredder, put the shredded paper in the compost pile.

By Denise from Colfax, CA

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful
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This is excellent advice. I have 5 gallon bucket (with lid!) in my kitchen that I put food scraps, leftover coffee/tea, and all paper that isn't shiny to dump on my compost pile. Paper is excellent "brown" material, including receipts, paper bags, newspaper, thin cardboard.

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful
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I compost mine too. However, I soak mine first in water in order to help the paper break down easier in the compost pile.

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July 15, 20090 found this helpful
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My shredder is a 'cross cut' type and the paper is actually like confetti. I use this as mulch in my garden, bedding for my worms and the 'brown' in my cold compost pile.


I use the term 'cold compost' for the pile that I am actually pretty lazy about. My worms are the best at really getting the composting done!

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

Be sure the ink on the paper you plan to compost is non-toxic.

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