If your minimum criteria for additions to your compost bin is an utter certainty of the purity and absence of any possible contaminant...Gardener123 wrote:So, I know newspaper is fine to compost, but I have a question.... is it a really good compost ingredient? I have about 50 pounds of it saved for weed blocking... I know not to over do the browns. Just curious about the quality. I also know not to use the shiny ads.
Then no paper products (they still could contain pollutants. No hay or straw, (they will contain some residue of herbicides). No food item that ever touched a plastic item (it will contain residues of hormonal inhibitors). No grain or bean product because it will be made of GMO and will have fractions of tetracycline in it.
I'm making this rather grim assessment to make the point that 1. it is decay and fermentation your compost causes that reduces this environmental hazard. 2. Absolute perfection is not the usual starting point of any endeavor, it might be a goal, but it aint the first step.