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Is This Recycling or Composting?

I just hate to throw away things that could be re-used!  Awhile back I realized that my husband's office was throwing away about a trash bag full of shredded papers per week.  This seemed like a waste to me, so he started bringing them home.

 Paper Shreds 

3 Bags of Paper Shreds Were Heading to the Dumpster 

At first I was just adding them to our compost bin when it looked too wet, and they were working great, but he was bringing them home faster than I could use them.  One day we needed bedding in our large dog crate.  We used the paper shreds and the wheels in my head started turning! 

Recently, I needed to add more bedding to the deep litter in our goat barn.  Usually I use wheat straw, old hay or pine shavings, but instead I had a great idea!

 Shreds in the Barn 

Say "Hi" to Daisy the Goat! 

It now looks like it snowed in the barn, but the goats have fresh, clean, soft bedding, and 3 bags of paper shreds didn't go to the landfill and are now on their way to becoming great compost.  Score one for me!  My mom is now also saving her shreds for me and I'm thinking about asking for a shredder for Christmas.  If you have paper shreds that need a use, why not use them in your barn or as mulch in your own garden!  They are a wonderful, but often forgotten resource.

The moral of the story is to really think before you throw things away!  Your trash may just be a country girl's delight!

Oh, and yes, in case you were wondering, I am so thrifty that I carefully untied the bags and later stashed them under the kitchen sink to be re-used in the trash can!   

Update:  The shreds have been down in both the barn and the chicken coop for more than a month now, and I have been adding more as I get them.  They are well mixed in with the other litter and the barn is a dry as I have seen it.  Whenever it looks a little too compacted, I just throw a couple of handfuls of scratch out and the chickens fluff it right up!    

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heather jackson
11/28/2012 1:35:26 AM

Cool idea!

heather jackson
11/28/2012 1:34:54 AM

Great idea Cindy!

heather jackson
11/28/2012 1:34:34 AM

Thanks Dave!

heather jackson
11/28/2012 1:23:39 AM

They are cross cut. Thanks for asking!

april connett
11/23/2012 6:43:47 PM

Just curious: are the shreds long strings or are they cross-cut? Thanks!

karen page
11/23/2012 2:59:51 PM

I use shredded paper for cat litter. Works great and goes into a compost bin! I do find that the cats prefer if I use a light coating of sawdust on the bottom as well, but it's not actually required. Just pampering my kitties.

pauline hylton
11/23/2012 3:02:44 AM

Thanks for the tip, Cindy.

cindy murphy
11/22/2012 2:54:43 PM

Same thing here, Heather. After receiving a box filled with shredded paper as packing material, I thought, "There's got to be some way to use this stuff." I started laying it between the rows in my vegetable garden, watering it down a bit to keep if from blowing away. It makes a great weed barrier - much better than straw, and decomposes faster too.

nebraska dave
11/22/2012 2:22:45 PM

Heather, good job with the recycling. I think your use of the shredded paper is both recycling and composting which would be double green, don't you think? I recycle most of my paper and cardboard but since reading your post I most definitely will consider using the shredder more and layering my backyard garden with the paper mulch. Have a great Thanksgiving.