Can You Compost Newspaper?

Yes, you can add newspaper to the compost heap. Newspaper would be considered a brown compost ingredient (source of carbon). These days, most newspapers use soy or water-based inks so you don’t have to worry about the toxicity of the ink.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you use newspaper as a compost ingredient. First, shred it into smaller pieces before it is thrown into the compost heap. Throwing a full newspaper into the compost pile could cause a moldy mess. Second, make sure you add some green compost ingredients with the newspaper. The composting process won’t work if it’s purely made of brown compost ingredients.

Reference: http://compost.css.cornell.edu/faq.html

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