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Southern California
Mar 3, 2018 11:58 AM CST
I've composted successfully for years using abundant dried leaves from our trees. They've been removed and my supply of dry yard waste is reduced. Can I use shredded office papers and/or newspapers to supplement my
brown waste? Will this be beneficial to the garden?
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Mar 3, 2018 1:07 PM CST
P Allen Smith throws shredded newspapers in his. I've even seen him add pizza boxes. I've used newspapers and cardboard (ripped up) and it all decomposes. I bet if you asked someone would be glad to give you their leaves in the fall.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Mar 3, 2018 1:54 PM CST
Do not use any shiny paper, it will decompose but it takes a lot longer; I also believe some is treated to some type of anti-combustion compound as some card board and even paper is does not like to burn easily. It will start and then go out.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Mar 3, 2018 6:17 PM CST
With cardboard boxes, also strip off clear tape.That tape lasts way too long in the garden.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Mar 3, 2018 8:32 PM CST
Shred! And leave the brown stuff out. Compost piles are always vegetarians Smiling .
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 4, 2018 6:57 AM CST
If you don't grow any edibles, all that stuff can go in.
I grow edibles. NO cardboard, or shinny paper.
Printing paper, or newspaper, only if ink is organic. Call your newspaper to check for sure. 👍👍

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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