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Can you use normal paper shredded in compost? w/ Lazer Jet Ink?

Zone 48035 | KaylaBear95 added on October 12, 2018 | Answered

I was wondering if it is safe to use computer paper that has laser jet ink on it.

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drtreelove
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on October 13, 2018

The short answer is that using paper and ink in compost is generally considered safe. But this is still a somewhat controversial issue with several factors to consider.
Modern printing ink is generally considered non-toxic, but not all reviewer opinions take into account all aspects of the oils used, GMO soy crops, percentage of petroleum oil content and heavy metals that may be present. From what I have gathered in reviewing the published information, Organic purists say no, but there is a lot of opinion out there that says ok no problem.
Here are some articles that may help you decide for yourself.
https://www.the-compost-gardener.com/-composting-paper-is-it-safe-.html

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/composting-newspaper.htm

https://grist.org/article/umbra-papercompost/

https://www.planetnatural.com/composting-paper/

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