Composting cardboard packaging

Dear Lynn

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


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