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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
08/22/04: Composting printed paper
Tech Support Pits:
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I would like to shred old reports etc. produced on my HP
inkjet printer and add it to the compost pile however I've
not been able to find satisfactory information on the net
about the advisibility of doing so. One site says to go
ahead since most inks today are soy-based but the HP
hazardous materials reports on the content of their inks
seems to indicate otherwise. Do you have any information
on this subject?
Bill Parr (Webby fan and voter)
Yes, the manufacturers all seem to chicken out and are
scared to take a stand one way or another on this topic.
While it is probably true that, if you drink four gallons of
ink, you might feel sick and your urine might look funny,
that refers to liquid ink.
Once the liquid parts of the ink have evaporated, all that
is left is a bit of pigment, just like all the coloring
that is in storebought food. Look at it realistically:
For how many generations has orange pigment been
added to cheddar cheese ? Is that the reason that women
today look a lot prettier than they did 250 years ago ?
Actually that could be due to the glasses that subscriber
Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org made me. I am still totally
amazed that he was able to make progressive lens glasses
for me that not only work much better than the ones from
the local optometrist, but only cost a half as much.
Back to inky paper:
As long as you mix other stuff in with the paper, and also
mix the compost with dirt when you use it, I don't think
you have to worry that your flowers will get weird colors
or that your potatoes will taste funny.
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