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Can I Compost Newspapers?

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newspaperYes, you can compost newspaper.

Normal newspaper adds lots of great carbon to a compost heap – soaking up excess moisture and if they’re scrunched up, helping air circulate in the heap and prevent it from becoming too compacted.

Newspaper will rot down quicker if it’s damp but for best results, try to alternate layers with other matter – ideally fresh green stuff like garden clippings or veg peelings.

Avoid heavy stacks of newspaper as they’ll take longer to break down and shut off air to the rest of the heap – if you’ve got a lot of newspaper to get rid of, it would be better to recycle it through your paper recycling bin instead.

Oh, while newspapers are great, don’t compost glossy colour supplements or leaflets that came in the paper though. Recycle those too instead.

Also see: Recycle This for How can I reuse or recycle old newspapers?

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  1. Don’t use it! The ink is poisonous!

    • I thought they changed The dye in the print to vegetable product on the newspaper

  2. so will this actually turn into compost on its own? Where does the nitrogen come from if compost needs a 30:1 ratio and newspaper is super carbonaceous at 500:1 ratio? What micro-organisms
    down wet newspaper? And what gasses will it produce? I stuffed a bucket with wet shredded newspaper and put a lid on it, will it compost anaerobically?

  3. Most ink is soya based so not poisonous.

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