Is brown packing paper useful for composting and/or worm food?
Should I use it sparingly?
When shredded, it makes good bedding.
I don't shred anything, but have used the 'wad and toss in' method. Wadded paper creates nice air spaces,.... worm infrastructure.
The belief is that brown paper hasn't been bleached in the process. So, I guess it's better than white paper but I don't think white paper has any negative effect on the worms.
do you usually wet the paper shredded or not before you put it in the bin?
"do you usually wet the paper shredded or not before you put it in the bin?"
Check the moisture levels of the bin: if too dry, dampen the paper. If you opt to put it in dry, the existing moisture will dampen it.
I have been using it for over a year now without any problems in the bin.
It beats up my paper shredder pretty bad though. I have a large box where I combine shredded paper, newspaper (with colored sections), cardboard, and annoying brown packing paper. This keeps me from having all one thing when I reach for a handful of bedding to re-pad my kitchen collection bucket.
For the same reason of wanting a variety of shredded papers as bedding, I wouldn't want to use a ball of clumped up paper. It just won't be as thoroughly exposed to the bin as I would like.