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Ways to recycle shredded paper? Answered

When I was packing a few parcels for my family I used some of the shredded paper from my "office" to fill some empty space in the boxes. I wondered what uses are there for shredded paper besides filling. What are your ideas?

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jessyratfink

6 years ago

Get enough of it and you can fill a floor cushion or bean bag-esque chair. :D

I did that at my old job once, when we shredded all the applications over a year old.

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GoodhartHollyMann

Reply 6 years ago

If you do a lot of shipping (my wife is an eBay-er), you can use it as packing material, if you have enough of it

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

worm composting.

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dsandds2003

6 years ago

You can either re-make paper out of it or use it in the garden as mulch.

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CrLz

6 years ago

I've used as litter box material for rabbits and birds. Used to have love birds that endlessly amused themselves building nests from long strips.

Composting is also a good end. I've experimented with purely scattering on to lawn to build up soil, never had any conclusive results.

Also experimented using as mulch/weed barrier in flower beds and gardens. Shredded craft paper (brown shopping bags) looks great initially but bleaches out. Shredded cardboard keeps color better but texture looks a bit wrong. Thought it would be a good filler to mix with traditional bark mulch. As for weed prevention, a very thick layer works well, but is hard to have enough sheddings to do. What is nice is you can just rototill into soil at seasons end.

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blkhawkCrLz

Reply 6 years ago

How long does paper take to decompose when you use it as mulch?

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CrLzblkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

Several seasons as a flower-bed top dressing, if kept moist enough not to blow away. In fact- too long, since I didn't like the look. This is why I thought it could be a good base under a dressing of bark mulch.

As garden mulch, I would till into soil at end of season. Pretty much decomposed/mixed in by next planting.

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blkhawkCrLz

Reply 6 years ago

Thank you! That is good to know.

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Jayefuu

6 years ago

Insulating? As long as it stays dry it's good at that. Newspaper is often shredded/powdered and used as cavity insulation.

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blkhawkJayefuu

Reply 6 years ago

Do you have any idea if it is possible to fireproof shredded paper?

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rimar2000blkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

Turn it into ashes! Will not burn anymore.

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Jayefuublkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

Yes! Immerse it in water :p

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blkhawkJayefuu

Reply 6 years ago

I guess I opened myself to that! :)

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Jayefuublkhawk

Reply 6 years ago

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Apparently (from a super quick google), they treat it with boric acid to make it fire retardent.

http://www.greenguide.com/energynotes/
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5250247_paper-shredded-make-cellulose-insulation_.html

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Kiteman

6 years ago

Wigs?
Hairy costume?
Papier mache?
Animal bedding?
Recycle into more paper?
Kindling?
Bird-nesting material?