What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

– shredded paper

on April 13, 2015

Because heaven forfend our identities be stolen (and heaven helps those who help themselves), we shred papers that bear, in one of those phrases that define our times, “personally identifiable information.” Our city-county, however, doesn’t want shredded paper in the recycling collection because it’s too fine for the monster-machines that pick through the single-stream to sort it out. So I’ve been saving our shreds for garden mulch. A friend offered hers as well. Thus, over the winter, a baby mountain of bags grew on our front porch, and what had seemed like a good idea became clutter.

But this afternoon the paper became the foundation of paths between our front-yard garden beds:

a strange snow on a warm, wet spring day

a strange snow on a warm, wet spring day

I’ll cover it with a layer of leaves, and then it may toil with the soil to grow some goodness.

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8 responses to “– shredded paper

  1. Ours goes on the compost heap or as chicken bedding or, like yours, straight on the garden. A friend of mine always puts his on the compost heap, then pees on it! He says that if anyone is desperate enough to try to steal his identity after that, they are welcome!

  2. Mom says:

    Smart to spread it on a rainy day. Here it goes into the bottom of the pots in which I garden now!

    • revdarkwater says:

      Better rainy than breezy! Last year at the Evergreen Community Garden some of the students put shredded paper mulch down just before a wind advisory day and it covered about a acre!

  3. Anne Lene says:

    What a great idea, I normaly put my shredded paper in the paper recycle bin. I’m going to give this a try :)

    • revdarkwater says:

      Some won’t mulch with it out of concern about the chemical content of inks or the fused plastic of copier and laser printer toner. But I’m more concerned with making use of what is regarded as useless. Choose your passion (smile)….

      • Mom says:

        Worms and pill bugs seem to love it and it quickly becomes soil. I don’t use shiny stuff like magazines or ads from newspapers.

  4. revdarkwater says:

    Wise … probably there are heavy metals in some of those inks. But the “shiny stuff” is kaolin, which is derived from a clay mined in the “fall line” counties in Georgia. Besides keeping ink from bleeding, it’s used to make fine china and in antacids as well.

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