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??
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
If it is just normal paper for a thermal printer, it's still about $20
for 100 feet.
On 3/1/2016 10:12 PM, email@example.com 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.
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.
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
"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."
"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
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.
On Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:51:50 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
On 3/1/16 10:51 PM, email@example.com 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-
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
With all this “gun control” talk, I haven’t heard one politician say how
they plan to take guns away from criminals and terrorists— just from law
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