Composting paper

Question ...

We have recently acquired a document shredder to safely dispose of unwanted documents, documents, bank statements, junk mail etc. We would very much like to incorporate the shreddings into out compost, but are concerned about the possible effects of printing inks. Please could you advise?

Answer ...

Adding paper to your compost heap is fine. The inks that are used in modern printing are mostly vegetable based, non-toxic and not damaging to the environment. If you do not produce a lot of woody waste then paper is a good alternative as it provides the fibre, necessary to make good compost. Ensure that you do not add too much shredded paper all at once and mix it well with other waste.

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