How much paper do I need to add with food waste?
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 | HOTBIN Composting
Shredded office paper and or corrugated cardboard need to be added in with all wet waste not just food waste.
As a general guideline we recommend 30g of dry paper per 1kg of wet waste. This is one part shredded paper for every two parts of food waste. See the table below:
Do I need to add bulking agent if using paper?
Yes, ALWAYS add bulking agent with wet waste. The bulking agent will form a supportive structure that maintains airflow. Find out how much bulking agent you need here.
In hot composting, paper fixes wetness, bulking agent helps aeration. You cannot balance ‘wet waste’ by adding bulking agent, nor can you fix ‘poor aeration’ by adding paper. You need to check how much bulking agent has been added.
You may be able to use card instead of/ as well as paper however please do not pre-soak it.
Getting the ratios right