Composting parchment paper and wax paper

Asked October 29, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

Can parchment paper and wax paper be added to home compost piles? Is it safe to compost parchment paper, given that it is coated with Quilon or silicone?

New York County New York

1 Response

We would not recommend composting the parchment paper, though we do not have specific research about either of these papers in compost piles. The wax paper will decompose slowly but should be safe. If you are very worried about the wax paper, contact the manufacturers.