My personal favorite thing to do with the left over newspaper is to use it in the garden. Most newspapers now use soybased ink. So take 2-3 sheets and cut them to the size/shape you want. soak them in paper and put them down over the weeds (but not the flowers/plants). When you’ve got your weed barrier down you cover with mulch. The newspaper blocks the weeds from getting sun/nutrients so they die out. It also breaks down and feeds the soil. Check it out after the summer is done- your soil will be rich and dark! This is a great way to use your newspaper, and your weed barrier can last a couple summers if done right. The stack of paper in the picture is going to turn into great weed barriers in my garden tomorrow if the weather holds out!
OK- so you’re not into gardening what do you do? You can do traditional recycling. If you’re lucky like we are they come around on trash day and pick up our recycling as well. If you do not have your recycling picked up – locate your recycling center today.
If you have a few minutes of extra time to do something creative with your newspaper you can always make something with them. There is the traditional paper mache, or you can make your kids some sailor hats.
Find another use for those papers, don’t just let them grow and overwhelm your house, and don’t throw them out. If you can’t find a way to recycle them around your area, or you aren’t into crafting – maybe call a community center and see if they want them for their kids programs.
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