Thanksi don't keep chickens so i don't know the state of that. to me all chickens are a risk of salmonella or other diseases so i'd want either to isolate their poo/etc. completely for several years (bury it under a garden where it won't be disturbed) or it would have to be hot composted which is unlikely to be accomplished in a small home garden compost bin.
and by burying i also mean that i would layer it with other things like garden soil and whatever carbon materials i had (like leaves). might also add some wood ashes if i had them so that eventually those too would get mixed into the gardens (when i came back through that area in the rotation of my use of that space).
we go through a TON of paper here at work. I actually spend about an hour a week printing out invoices, noting the accounting codes on them and then scanning them into the share-drive file... and then tossing the printed copy. It's a STUPID process but it's what they want me to do. That's gonna generate at least storage tote of shreds each month.
So.. 1 person + 1 cow + 1acre + 1 office job = how much compost??
Wow. I found some info on cow manure just about 3 seconds after opening my Organic Gardening encyclopedia! Anyway, I don't really know about what it means for the gardenerSo.. 1 person + 1 cow + 1acre + 1 office job = how much compost??
OK, plastics won't decompose. They do burn.
Where I have put down cardboard with plastic, I find the pieces later on. Then I put them in my pocket to toss in the trash.
(Don't we often find the plastic plant ID's in our gardens, that were in the pot when we sleepy planted and forgot about?)
If you are busy--who ISN'T?!?!?--don't be too careful.
Best to avoid any cardboard with slick printing on it.
SO MANY shipping cardboard boxes don't have that, like the ones that our coffee beans are shipped in.
I think as you spreading from your garbage bags of shredded paper, you'll be able to spot and remove any plastics.
The only food waste we have in our house ever is if I'm feeling lazy and intentionally throw something in the trash instead of diverting it, or bones after they've been used for stock. I tried making bone meal one time and it was soooo stinky and gross my husband and I agreed to never do it again.
Meat scraps go to the dogs, vegetable scraps go to the chickens. If they've had too much, it's rotting, or it is an inappropriate food item for animals, it goes in the composter. We have two giant rotating composters. One is aging while the other fills.
It makes one feed bag full of compost per cycle, and each cycle is complete about every 6 months. I can't say if it's enough fertilizer yet as this will be my first year using it, but I doubt it.