- Jan 26, 2016
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Can I put newspaper in my compost? I always thought that I shouldn't, but a friend recently told me that they do. Thoughts?
Yes.Can I put newspaper in my compost?
http://compost.css.cornell.edu/faq.html#newspaper said:Newspaper is safe to compost, but it breaks down quite slowly because of its high lignin content. (Lignin is a substance found in the woody cell walls of plants, and it is highly resistant to decomposition).
Most newspapers today use water or soy-based inks. Although these may contain small amounts of toxic compounds, the trace levels are not of significant toxicological concern. Some caution should still be used with glossy magazines, which sometimes use heavy metal based inks to produce vivid colors.
I make what I call "worm feeding stations," to encourage the worms to stay in my garden. I save my kitchen waste for a week, and run it through a blender I bought at a yard sale for this specific purpose. (My boyfriend had a fit the first time I wanted to use the "margarita blender" for week-old veggies! Him = ... Me = )
I agree with others that newspapers are just fine in the compost pile, except the glossy stuff (as others have mentioned). I put shredded newspaper in my kitchen waste container, to soak up the moisture, keeps it from smelling, until I dump it in my compost.
I also don't know about "all kinds of paper". There are some I just throw in the trash, because I know the recyclers don't want it, but it's also not good for the compost, an example are some butter wrappings which if you look closely have plastic infused, but if it's just a wax covering than I compost.I don't know about all kinds of paper, but i have heard that newspaper is a beneficial additive to compost. I hardly see a paper newspaper any more, but i find many advertisements that come to the house (from Home Depot for example) use newsprint and i have begun shredding it and adding it to the compost. Most of the inks used on newsprint are soy based so that really isn't a concern. I also add food soiled napkins to the compost.
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