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Sean Gunn
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We have a bunch of feed sacks and they are a combination of brown paper
and light ink colors, mostly white/orange/black. It is not glossy or anything.
Would these likely be OK for worms to eat? If not good for the worms, how
about our regular compost pile?

How do you process your cardboard? Soak a few hours and just shred into
strips or pieces?
 
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Sean Gunn : If the feed was put up at an Animal feed plant here in the U.S. You should be fine using the bags anyway you want ! "Safe" Soy Based inks have been

the standard here in the U.S. at least a couple of decades ! There is also a substantial amount of Kaolin clay added to the recycled Paper fiber when the bag is made.

This is to allow for crisp printing that doesn't 'run' or 'bleed' . This generally makes the bags hard to dispose of by burning, and may add a little more clay to your soils,

but not enough to be a problem-I am not aware of any other issues . I would expect that several days of soaking will reduce your labor when you try to re-cycle them,

I Think you could open the bags to max size and use them for immediate ground cover, and then recycle them more better after they start to fall apart.


I hope this is still timely and helpful, for the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
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