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More Ways To Recycle Old Newspapers

Updated on September 23, 2014

Recyle And Repurpose Newspapers

We all have them, even if it's just a bulky Sunday newspaper. The question is what to do with them after w ehave digested the news, read the comics and checked our lottery numbers, Well, if you are lucky enough to have a community like mine, where they recycle, you have it made. For most people they are stuck with a heavy garbage bag full of newspapers. Here are 10 useful ideas to repurpose those papers and go a little green.

Have You Ever Considered What Not Reusing Means

Thought you might want to consider the facts on newspaper recycling ! I have looked at the facts and have decided that it's worth the effort to at least use newspaper at least one additional use.

  • 500,000 trees are cut down to make one week's Sunday paper
  • If all our newspapers were recycled we could save 250,000,000 trees a year
  • Recycling a single run of the New York Times would save
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees

Check out these and more recycling facts at the University of Indiana

Use Newspaper Instead Of Cloth Rags And Paper Towels

To clean your windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces, use your newspappers. For whatever reason, newspaper is the perfect solution for getting a shine on glass and mirrors.Just tear into strips of about 3 inches (7.5cm) in width and ball these up. Use them the same way you would a paper towel.Use crumpled newspapers to polish chrome fixtures around the house. The ink is a great polishing agent!

Start Your Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

They can be transplanted into the ground without removing the seedlings

To make your own seed starting pot is very simple. First, take a sheet of newspaper and fold it in half so that it is about the length of a can of soda and then just roll the soda can until it wraps around the can. After that just fold in one end of the newspaper to make the bottom and you have a quick and cheap pot for starting seeds that you made from newspapers that you were just going to throw away.

Use Newspaper To Store Your Dress Shoes, Hats and Purses

Tightly wadded, newpaper will help keep the shape and form of these items.

Newspaper In RainSoaked Shoes

Stuff newspaper into rain soaked shoes. The paper will help absorb the moisture and allow the shoes to dry much faster

Use Newspaper in Your Suitcase, Duffle Bag and BriefCase

It will draw out the musty odors and smells just like baking soda in your refrigerator Leave it in a few days and you will be surprized at the results. This idea also works great for any plastic container that might have an odor

Wrapping Gifts In Newspaper

Might sound odd, but you can get some elegant gift wrap out of the simplicity of black and white print

Ripen Tomatoes or Avacados in Newspaper.

Warp hard avacados or under-ripe tomatoes in newspaper to speed up thier ripening

Use Newspaper To Keep Weeds Out of Your Garden

Use it as a makeshift weed barrier or ground cover . you can also use it as the "brown part of your compost bin.Garden mulch - Spread newspaper flat or shredded around the base of plants or between rows of plants. Water thoroughly. Will discourage weed growth.Another way to recycle newspapers is in the garden, using the newspaper as mulch. Simply lay out the sections, overlapping them in heavy mat around the plants. This provides a great way to keep the weeds out and helps keep moisture around the plants. Cover the exposed paper with compost mixture and you've got a well-protected garden.

Recycled Newspaper Clock

Recycled Newspaper Clock
Recycled Newspaper Clock

Use Newspaper Under Your Tablecloth

A few layers of newspaper under your tablecloth makes great padding for elbows ans provides additional protection for the wood underneath. Yoou can also use it on a table when doing crafts to soak up the little messes

Use Newspapers To Pick Up Broken Glass

If you wet it and soften the paper, it's like a little sponge. It will pick up all the little shards

More Newspaper Recycling Ideas

  • Wrap around ice cream containers to carry to parties, to keep it cool.
  • Kitty litter liner - Use several sheets folded up to line the bottom of your kitty litter box.
  • Garbage can liner - use several sheets of folded newspaper to line the bottom of your kitchen garbage can. It'll help absorb liquids and odors.
  • Sop/Sponge - use to sop up grease from oven, stovetop, driveway, etc.
  • Kitty litter liner - Use several sheets folded up to line the bottom of your kitty litter bo
  • Use newspaper in packing as a cushion for delicate items
  • Use newspaper for lining the bottom of your bird's cage
  • When you're painting a window frame, wet a strip of newspaper and stick it to the window. It will protect the glass and peel off easily.

Recycled Newspaper Basket

Recycled Newspaper Basket
Recycled Newspaper Basket

Make A Newspaper Flower

Recycle Newspapers In The Craft Room

I use a lot of newspaper in my craft room. Anytime I glue, paste, paint or anything messy, I line my work area with newspaper

Let's Wrap It Up ! - We'd love to hear your comments,ideas and tips

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Great idea for anyone with a fireplace ! Could be used in an outdoor fire pit too ! Thanks for sharing

    • linfcor profile image

      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Great idea for anyone with a fireplace ! Could be used in an outdoor fire pit too ! Thanks for sharing

    • Aubrey Durkin profile image

      Aubrey Durkin 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      I bought a cheap shredder and a fire brick maker. Another way to recycle them and heat your house! :)

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Such a great ideas - I especially like the clock!