As more and more people turn to composting as a way to reduce their environmental impact, we are faced with a dilemma: is composting always better when it comes to paper? You may have heard that paper can only be recycled between five and seven times so it's easy to assume composting is a good alternative to recycling when the fibers are getting shorter. However, it's a little more complicated than that. By keeping paper out of the recycling bin, we are increasing the demand on trees, water and energy required to make virgin paper. So, to help break it down we have put together a list of the most confusing paper items to tell you whether composting or recycling is a better alternative.
Office paper should always go in the recycling bin if clean. This paper is a high grade paper that would become a better resource if recycled versus composted. By recycling this paper, we are reducing the amount of natural resources used while getting a new paper resource that requires less energy to make. The exception to this is if the paper has become soiled or wet for any reason. In this case, composting would be a better alternative.