If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably been trying to cut down on your personal paper use over the years. You keep your shopping lists on your phone, send emails instead of letters, pay your bills online, and dozens of other positive steps that save on waste… but there’s always some paper left at the end of the day.
Well, if you want to cut out the middleman and use that paper yourself, and you’ve been looking to start composting, you can actually kill two birds with one stone!
Step One: Shred Your Paper
In order to promote composting, you need to shred your paper first. Keep in mind that, according to Balcony Garden Web, you’re going to get the best results with newsprint, or printer paper, rather than glossy print and magazines.
Step Two: Mix Your Paper
To get a good compost mix, you want to combine your shredded paper with an equal amount of straw or grass. Living in an apartment may make this difficult, but if you look around you’ll find there’s a surprising amount of fresh-cut grass. You can even reach out to your landlord and ask if you can take some trimmings from the lawn. Just remember it needs to be dry when you mix your compost.
Step Three: Put It To Work
Whether you have a small patch set up on your patio, or you have a balcony garden, fresh compost will always be useful to have. The thing to keep in mind is that you’re always going to have far more paper than you have garden (unless you’re doing a community-wide setup), so make sure you adjust your usage. It’s always better to err on the side of less, when it comes to reusing your paper in a green, environmentally-friendly way.