Asked by: Ilse Muhln
asked in category: General Last Updated: 29th April, 2020

Can you compost bleached paper?

Safe Paper for Compost
Some sources claim that bleached papers and inks used for printing can be dangerous and therefore should not be used in compost.

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Similarly one may ask, can paper be composted?

Except for colored and glossy paper, which might contain some toxic heavy metals, newsprint and other paper is safe to use as mulch or in compost. In fact, one study revealed that paper had less toxic material than straw or grass!

Subsequently, question is, is it better to compost or recycle paper? By composting your paper instead of recycling it, you could completely eliminate the resources needed to break it down and manufacture it back into fresh paper. When looked at through this lens of supply and demand, recycling paper is almost always better than composting.

Thereof, can you compost bleached paper towels?

1 Answer. Yes to both, with conditions. You should not try to compost any paper towels that have synthetic additives, including bleach, and are advertised as disinfectants or fragrant etc. The best paper towels to compost are those made of 100% recycled material.

Is shredded paper green or brown compost?

Paper — made from wood pulp — seems a likely addition to compost because of its source: nature. Newspapers have long been held as a good source of “brown” component in the brown-green, carbon-nitrogen balance that compost piles need (so much so that adding too much paper will tip the balance).

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