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Using beer boxes for mulch

Posted by wertach 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 22, 11 at 18:26

I have a bunch of beer boxes that I saved over the winter. Planning to take to the recycle center.

They are Coors light, shiny and loaded with ink, don't know what kind of ink.

I am thinking about putting them down between rows and covering with mulched leaves to keep down weeds.

Anyone know if this is a NO-NO?

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RE: Using beer boxes for mulch

Molson/Coors or whatever they call themselves now, seems to pride themselves lately when it comes to their environmental responsibility.

I imagine if you called their 1-800 number, hopefully you could find out if the ink they use is toxic or not.

I personally wouldn't use it until I knew for sure. Not worth the risk. You may have access to plain cardboard elsewhere, without a lot of effort.

Please post on here if you get an answer from Coors.

RE: Using beer boxes for mulch

If you do call them, ask also about other chemicals that may not be so great. I know that most 'beverage boxes' are also made with a sizing additive that keeps a broken can, condensation, etc. from making the box disolve. I don't think sizing is something you want in your soil.

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