Before you buy wrapping paper, consider this: Can you compost it?

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Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Those glossy wrapping papers are so pretty when they’re on a package, but what happens to the gift wrap after the package is opened?

You might think that adding wrapping paper to your compost pile is a great way to use up the paper, but think again. Some wrapping paper can actually contaminate your compost with heavy metals– and that could affect your garden, too.

Many kinds of gift wrap contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic that will contaminate your compost, then contaminate your garden beds.

Find out what kinds of wrapping paper are safe to use in our previous article.

Find out more about composting in these past articles, and here’s a list of helpful information on composting from the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

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