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? about composting cardboard

Posted by kerryp-treegal (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 6, 09 at 7:36

Hi! I'm very excited to start a compost pile and have spent HOURS on here learning so much about it, but I still have 1 question that I can't find the answer to.
Can you compost colored cardboard, like cereal boxes?
Thank you!

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RE: ? about composting cardboard

Yes you can. The inks used to print the labels on food containers cannot be anything that might be toxic to humans, and often there will be a small identifier on the package that states the inks are soya based.

RE: ? about composting cardboard

& if you have trouble separating other materials from the cardboard, things like the cellophane "windows" on pasta boxes, etc, soak the box or carton.

RE: ? about composting cardboard

i hate those cellophane windows on letter envelopes

here's an idea for a good business to start:
making envelopes w/ biodegradable windows.....yunno, made from the corn gluten product?? then you just shred and compost the whole thing!!

might be a gold mine....

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