Monday, 8 November 2010

adding paper to compost

As an organic gardener I can never get enough compost!

Adding paper is a good way of increasing compost made and saving on waste produced by the domestic household.

Shiny paper has to go into the recycling bin, but all matt finish papers (newspapers, envelopes, correspondence, cardboard egg boxes) can be scrumpled up, thoroughly wetted and then added to the compost.

The scrumpling up is necessary beacuse this creates air pockets that prevents the paper becoming a solid and slow-to-degrade lump.
The wetting speeds up breakdown.

The Centre for Alternative Technology tell us that we can add up to a third of paper in this way to compost.

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