Is This Recycling or Composting?

| 11/20/2012 9:24:48 PM

Tags: Barn, paper shreds, composting, recycling, Heather Jackson,

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 

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.

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