Composting cardboard packaging

Answered by Lynn Posted in Category Composting

Dear Lynn

Can I use the shredded packaging sent by yourselves in the compost?

Peter

Dear Peter

You most certainly can  use the shredded packaging in your compost bin.  However the secret is to create a good balance of ‘Greens’ & ‘Browns’ in layers in your bin.  Brown material is slower to rot than green but gives body to your finished compost.   A rough guide is to use equal amounts by volume of greens and browns. 

‘Greens’ are rich in nitrogen – grass, nettles, comfrey leaves, raw vegetable peelings, tea bags, coffee, soft green prunings, poultry manure and bedding etc.

‘Browns’ are slow to rot and are best chopped or shredded first – cardboard, egg boxes, shredded confidential waste, sawdust, wood shavings etc.

Kind Regards

Lynn Burton
Horticultural Adviser

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