OT - Uses for 4 rolls of old-style thermo fax machine paper

My wife doesn't use her fax machine any more, and we have 4 brand-new rolls of thermal fax paper to figure out what to do with. I hate to just throw it out in the recycle bin. Anyone have any polite ideas what I can do with it??
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On 3/1/2016 9:51 PM, snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote:

Shred it, and use it as bedding for a red wiggler worm compost bin. Compost all of your veggie stuff in it and then use the compost in your garden or flower pots this spring.
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:01:07 -0600, Muggles

Kinda hate to waste a specialized paper that way. The stuff isn't cheap at about $40 per 100 sheets. (that's for real "thermofax" for 3m thermofax machine.
If it is just normal paper for a thermal printer, it's still about $20 for 100 feet.
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On 3/1/2016 10:12 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

Well, he was thinking he didn't want to throw it in a recycle bin. He could actually put it to good healthy use, and grow some organic veggies with the worm castings. Shredded paper is great bedding for red wigglers, and they consume a lot of organic waste within a short period of time. It's just an idea.
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is there an independent office supply store or a toner cartridge refill place near you?
I simply brought them my last remaining few rolls, figuring they were more likely to have a customer.
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On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11:00:54 PM UTC-5, Muggles wrote:

Doesn't fax paper have some kind of thermal(?) coating on it?
Would that be good for compost?
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On 3/1/2016 11:01 PM, Muggles wrote:

Thermal paper is coated with BPA. I don't want that in my garden compost, but you can make your own choice what to eat.
“BPA has been proven to cause reproductive defects in fetuses, infants, children, and adults as well as cancer, metabolic, and immune problems in rodents,” said study author Frederick vom Saal, a professor of biology at the University of Missouri.
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On 3/2/2016 8:04 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

The wording might have been a bit more clear.
I've not known of many fetus or infants to reproduce.
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On 3/2/2016 7:04 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

hmmm Sorry. I didn't even notice the "thermal" part. I just saw FAX paper. It was late when I responded to the post.
I did some research on BPA and thermal paper, and found 2 interesting articles:
.......... "Disposing of thermal paper in the trash provides at least some time and opportunity for BPA to break down within a landfill (though the anaerobic conditions in many landfills often do not favor breakdown). Ultimately, landfill leachate should be collected and treated, which will further reduce BPA levels. While leachate treatment will still emit some BPA to surface waters, this is preferable to recycling BPA through paper use and re-use.
Many communities now accept paper products and food waste in community collection programs. If thermal paper receipts end up in a composting process, BPA would likely be present in compost or compost tea. These additions may be inadvertent, for example, in Seattle, shredded paper can be added to food waste. Households shred mostly financial papers, so these may at times include credit card and other thermal receipts. In 2002, a German study reported two measurements of BPA in “compost water samples,” at 24.8 and 145.9 micrograms per liter (21). These levels are again much larger than normal concentrations in food and beverage sources. In general, the short half-life of BPA in soil suggests that *these levels would be reduced by aerobic processes* fairly quickly after application, but the exposure risk is probably best avoided by keeping thermal papers out of materials for compost." http://pprc.org/index.php/2015/pprc/should-we-recycle-thermal-receipts-that-contain-bpa/ ..........
"Thermal paper again is assessed as being a major source for the contamination of recycled paper products with BPA. Because of the distinct contamination with xenoestrogens, both paper waste and recycled paper products should not be mixed with biological waste e.g. for co-composting or co-fermentation in order to derive organic fertilisers. " http://www.witpress.com/Secure/elibrary/papers/WM04/WM04029FU.pdf ...........
One article hints that BPA would be reduced by aerobic processes, and the other says to avoid it altogether for composting. I read a couple other short articles that said the jury was out on whether or not it was safe to compost, but some said it would deteriorate in land fills, and other articles said BPA would/could leach into the underground water.
The second article I referenced mentions how toilet paper ends up with having a lot of BPA in it due to recycled thermal paper being used to make the TP.
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On 03/01/2016 08:01 PM, Muggles wrote:

If you knew what was in thermal paper you probably wouldn't want to do that.
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:51:50 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote:

Put it on Kijiji.
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:51:50 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote:

Many cities have a Freecycle "chapter". It means signing up for an email list and writing up an ad. But it's an ongoing way to give away stuff and get stuff. I even got a whole electric lawn mower once. Many people leave what they're giving on the porch or even the hall of an apartment building so the person getting it can stop by any time. Office supplies including fax paper is the sort of thing I often see. https://www.freecycle.org/
5,280 groups with 9,197,437 members around the world. Baltimore has more than one, based on where one lives. On a couple occasions I've tried to borrow things, but one of the editors won't let me do that (even though it fulfills most of the goals of the organization). The other times, the ad got posted. I borrowed a metal detector, something I knew I would only use once.
For that matter Craig's list has a section for things given away free. Normally I'd say Goodwill Industries, but I think fax paper would sit there for a long time.
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On 3/1/16 10:51 PM, snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote:

Give it to the local Goodwill store, place an ad in the Free Stuff category on craislist, list on Freecycle, list on Ebay for one cent plus actual shipping cost,
If no rain is forecast, put it out front of your house with a "Free- Finders/Keepers" sign.
I've gotten rid of all kinds of stuff that way: A worn leather home office executive chair, a non-working big TV, a clothes washer, an old chine cabinet, and most of a face cord of firewood I no longer needed after converting the fireplace to a gas log.
Usually stuff is gone within a few hours-- overnight at worst. One time someone left a box of Girl Scout cookies with a thank you note on my doorstep!
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I posted the paper on our local recycle web site, no responses. I'll try again and see if any better responses happen.
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:51:50 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@att.net wrote:

Ebay - Craigslist - Freecycle or your local Goodwill store.
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Guess it will be Goodwill as I had no response on our local freecycle site.
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