Are Chemicals Used in Pulp Process and Compositing

Gertrude1(6)February 15, 2014

Although my newspaper is printed with soy ink, several sources have advised against using newspaper in the compost pile because of the chemicals that are used to break down pulp into paper. Can anyone she light on this?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The chemicals used to separate the wood pulp, bagasse, rice stalks, or other materials from the lignin that holds the fibers together are pretty harsh, but they are washed from the fibers before those fibers are made into paper. No trace of those chemicals are in the finished product, the newsprint.
Do not be concerned about using newspaper or cardboard as a mulch in your garden or as a carbon source in your garden.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 6:16AM
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