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.


Find out what you can compost aside from newspaper by using our online database tool.

Newspaper Compost