Just…Shred It…

When a problem paper comes along
You must whip shred it
Before the cream paper sets too long
You must whip shred it

Oh, thank you, Devo…

I’ll admit it…I shred EVERYTHING. If it can fit in my shredder, it inevitably gets shredded. This includes cereal boxes, the occasional Hot Pocket box and even the butter boxes.

Heck, I even shred phone books…the day they arrive on my doorstep.

Sound extreme?

Maybe it is, then again, maybe it is what everyone should consider doing. After all, between shredding paper and our aggressive recycling regimen, I’ve reduced our garbage to just one bag a week, sometimes less.

All of those credit card offers, old statements and utility bills, direct mail catalogs, directions I’ve printed out and no longer need, used envelopes, fillers, circulars and even magazines (if they are torn up enough, otherwise I donate them). And they go to a good cause, after all…my yard.

With the chickens, my shredding efforts expanded. Why pay for bedding material in the chicken house when I can line it with shredded paper?

Even if we didn’t have chickens, there are the raised beds, the compost, and the starting material for the bbq to think about.

And if you think you don’t have enough paper to do this yourself, believe me, you throw away more than you think you do.

At the very least, commit to shredding everything and adding it to your recycle pile. Keep it out of the landfills, it is something that is useful and needed.

This morning I was reading 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth and it suggested using shredded paper, old jeans, old wool, for insulating material. Now I would not go so far as to suggest you do this in your house…at least not with flammable paper. But old jeans? Old wool that is too full of moth holes to be any good anymore? Absolutely use it.

As for us, I had an epiphany. Forget paying $70 a roll for insulation for the chicken house, we are using shredded paper, possibly some wool that is beyond redemption (I make purses out of them) and any used jean material I can find (hello freecycle!). Those doggone birds have cost us enough. And they will be just as warm with shredded paper and old jeans insulation as they will with expensive purchased insulation.

To work, Dave, to work!

Oh yeah, me too.

Crack that whip
Give the past a slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma’s back

When a problem comes along
You must whip shred it
Before the cream paper sets out too long
You must whip shred it

Now whip shred it
Into shape
Shape shred it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It’s not too late
To whip shred it
Whip shred it good

And I’m sorry Devo…yeah…sorry about that.

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