Composting cardboard packaging
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.