For security reasons, I have a fair amount of paper which gets
shredded. This is white paper with either laser or (black) inkjet
printing on it. No coated paper or newspaper. I through some in the
compost bin last summer and it decays pretty quickly, mixed with
chopped leaves and grass mowings. Anybody out there know if the paper
would have nutrients for the plants, both flower beds and veggies. (I
saw a post in a wodworking group that said sawdust would help loosen
the soil but didn't have much in the way of nutrients.) I like to have
extra carbon-stuff to throw in the compost bin - my wife complains
when I save leaves over the winter, but otherwise there's not much
carbon-stuff to mix in when the nitrogen-heavy grass clippings are
there to be composted.
I can always throw the shredded paper in with the recycling - probably
better from an ecology standpoint since this is quality paper that
improves the recycling value.