Yes. The glossy quality of magazine paper comes from clay added during the paper making process. Since clay is a valuable soil building mineral, it helps in the long run. Since most inks nowadays are soy-based, even that is biodegradable and recyclable.
Is there any way to intercept the magazines before they go to the shredder? I take whole magazines and roll them up, several together, as tightly as possible, and then hold the rolls tight with a piece or two of wire, and then burn them in my wood stove. I've had insect and rodent problems with paper and cardboard mulch here, and so I'm gradually routing all these things to fuel. Cardboard boxes I tear up and soak in water, and then the layers can be trampled flat or separated, and then rolled up similarly, tied, and left in the sun to dry......
I've taken stacks of magazines (and phone books)
and have used them as the sides for a raised bed this will suck up a lot of magazines
they usually require some stakes outside to initially keep them in place
(soil inside holds them)
but once they get wet they stay together pretty well
posted 5 years ago
Thanks , for the help my son shreds a bag a day so this is great news does any one know the mix of the compost for using magazines .
I have seed some beautiful wire baskets woven with twisted paper . large and very strong . They were coated with varnish to make them water resistant . good for hauling produce, laundry, trash cans,holding toys ect . They are being sold locally at a beach resort.
Chanel Crane wrote:Thanks , for the help my son shreds a bag a day so this is great news does any one know the mix of the compost for using magazines .
I would suggest mixing the days food preparation scraps with the shredded paper and add it to a worm compost bin. Add more weeds and spent plants and then dampen. Don't get it soggy or it will clump together and be difficult for the worms to work through. Just thoroughly damp with air spaces. The worm poop will add bacteria that break the paper down. I answered one request for how to go green with the paper towels from her rest room and she was so happy with the results.