Can You Compost Wrapping Paper?

Yes and no, it depends.

Most of us are accustomed to wrapping gifts in paper, but what do you do with the paper afterward? Most of us would just throw it away. But did you know that you can compost wrapping paper?

If you are looking to compost wrapping paper and need help determining if your paper is compostable, there are a few key points to keep in mind. First, wrapping paper should not have a plastic, waxy, or metallic coating. Second, it should tear without too much effort. If it tears easily then thats an indicator that its good to compost and a more naturally made wrapping paper. The colorful neon bright wrapping papers will not be a good choice to compost as they might cause damage to your compost with the chemicals used on the papers surface.

How to Compost Wrapping Paper

The best way to compost wrapping paper is to tear it into small pieces and place them in a compost bin.

How long does paper take to decompose

Wrapping Paper takes, on average, six months to decompose. The Paper is made of organic fibers that break down into carbon dioxide and water.

Wrapping paper is made of a material called ‘cellulose’ that takes at least 6 months to decompose.

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