Shredded paper

9 nifty uses for shredded paper

If you’ve been working from home, you might have been shredding work documents and now have lots of shredded paper. Unfortunately, it can’t go into your recycling bin. It’s too small to be captured by the recycling machinery, and it can contaminate the glass stream. A small amount can go in your compost or FOGO bin (with the bright green lid for the organic matter - if your council provides one).

May 21, 2020
Shredded paper

Here are 9 ways to use the rest.

  1. Use it as filler in the bottom of home-made gift baskets.
  2. Use it for bedding for small pets such as gerbils and hamsters, or hens.
  3. Mix it with potting soil when you pot plants – this will help to retain moisture and make them less heavy to move around.
  4. Donate it to your local animal shelter.
  5. Use it as fire starter in your fireplace or campfire.
  6. Add some to your cat’s litter box to make kitty litter last longer.
  7. If you’re really feeling crafty, use it to make paper clay.
  8. Add it to your garden beds as mulch for trees and shrubs. Avoid using glossy or coloured shredded paper as it can contain materials that may not be good for the soil.
  9. Use it to pack away fragile items such as delicate china and Christmas decorations.

Make your own shredded paper clay

You will need:

  • Shredded paper
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • A hand blender
  1. Fill a bowl with paper and hot water (the hot water helps to break down the paper fibres)
  2. Mix the paper and water together, using enough to cover and saturate the paper. Leave for a few hours (or overnight) the paper should be softer and ready for hand blending
  3. Blend
  4. Squeeze out excess water
  5. Add flour (1-cup of flour to 3 cups of paper pulp) and a teaspoon of salt and mix together thoroughly with your hands.
  6. Test to see if you can mould some of the mixture into a shape – if you can, it’s ready to use.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

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