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Our guinea pigs wee on newspaper, stacks of at least 10 sheets of newsprint,
which must become quite nitrogenous. ATM I throw this out as I have no time
for hand-shredding it to make mulch.

What are my options?

Can anyone recommend a heavy-duty paper shredder that would take slabs of 10+
sheets with the odd piggie poo on them? Would a mulcher work?

I've heard you can put newspaper in worm farms, but would the 100 broadsheets
a week be too much for them to munch through? Most of our other scraps go to
the chooks, so I'm not entirely sure what else the worms would get.

All experiences and suggestions welcome.

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Our guinea pigs wee on newspaper, stacks of at least 10 sheets of

newsprint,
which must become quite nitrogenous. ATM I throw this out as I have no

time
for hand-shredding it to make mulch.

What are my options?

Can anyone recommend a heavy-duty paper shredder that would take slabs of

10+
sheets with the odd piggie poo on them? Would a mulcher work?

I've heard you can put newspaper in worm farms, but would the 100

broadsheets
a week be too much for them to munch through? Most of our other scraps go

to
the chooks, so I'm not entirely sure what else the worms would get.

All experiences and suggestions welcome.


We used just add newspaper to the compost heap and then use a garden fork to
punch lots of holes into each bundle (~ 1 local paper thickness interspersed
with vege scraps / lawn clippings etc)... it sped up decomposition and let
the worms get between the layers quite easily.
No where near the volume of paper you are talking about though.

Amanda


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We used just add newspaper to the compost heap and then use a garden fork to
punch lots of holes into each bundle (~ 1 local paper thickness interspersed
with vege scraps / lawn clippings etc)... it sped up decomposition and let
the worms get between the layers quite easily.
No where near the volume of paper you are talking about though.


Yep -- we get six SMHs a week, though a lot of that goes into the piggie cage.
The rest goes into the recycling. Problem is, they can't recycle the
piddled-on paper!

I might try ripping up this week's lot and throwing it into the chook run.

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start out crisp, neat and tough, but you end up pale, limp and wrinkled."
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"Chookie" wrote in message
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Our guinea pigs wee on newspaper, stacks of at least 10 sheets of

newsprint,
which must become quite nitrogenous. ATM I throw this out as I have no

time
for hand-shredding it to make mulch.

What are my options?


Wouldn't it be easier to shred it first. You can tear quite a few sheets at
once when dry and its more appealing than wet. When its wet straight into
the compost.

David




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