by Texas Homesteader ~
This time of year after RancherMan & I gather documents needed for our income tax return, we always do a quick cleanup of the remaining confidential documents that we no longer need.
We utilize electronic bill-pay for almost all of our bills. And we enroll in paperless billing whenever possible too.
But there are still some cases where paper receipts are received such as packing slips that serve as receipts, etc. So even though we fight against extraneous paper coming into our home, come it does!
Many people shred these documents for security’s sake. But we don’t have a shredder and I don’t fancy ripping all the paper by hand.
So here’s what I do to actually USE that ‘trash’ instead. Check out this Homestead Hack:
Paper To Compost
Paper receipts are often received as packing slips for online purchases, etc. If you’ve read my post about how to Easily Compost, you know properly balanced compost needs both ‘greens’ such as vegetable peels, etc as well as ‘browns’ such as dry leaves or paper.
To satisfy the ‘brown’ requirement of our compost I often use Repurposed Cardboard that I receive from our community volunteer position.
But today I’ll be using this paper from confidential documents that I’m needing to dispose of.
I use those sheets of paper to line the small compost bucket I keep beneath my sink. It keeps the bucket a little cleaner and that’s a good thing. But it also provides some of the ‘browns’ requirement for my compost.
When I go out to my *Compost Tumbler I dump in the entire contents of the compost bucket and give it a quick stir.
Now our files are cleaned out PLUS we have compost in the making to help our veggie garden grow.
I don’t like to put thermal paper into my compost. Maybe that would be fine, but I prefer to have only uncoated paper in my compost.
So any thermal-paper receipts we have are instead stuffed into my most recent EcoBrick. What’s an EcoBrick you say?
It’s simple. An EcoBrick is just a plastic bottle you use to stuff non-recyclable trash tightly into. It corrals all those small pieces of trash into a tightly-compacted bottle.
I use all manner of unrecyclable trash for my EcoBricks. Small wrappers, plastic caps and yes – these thermal paper receipts too. You can stuff a surprising amount of non-recyclable trash into one of those bad boys!
Supposedly there are many things you can use an EcoBrick for too – even building! But my needs are much more simple.
I’ve most recently used my EcoBricks at the bottom of a large galvanized trough I was planning to plant. That trough will become a raised bed for my vegetable garden.
The EcoBricks at the bottom help provide drainage before planting and also reduce the amount of soil I need for this huge planter. And, as I mentioned, those EcoBricks actually help corral receipts too.
Who knew this confidential documents ‘trash’ could actually serve a purpose??
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Keeping Potted Plants Watered
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
- Making An Inexpensive Temporary Cold Frame
- Compost Old Confidential Documents
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
- How Leaves Benefit Your Garden
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
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