Can you compost Oxalic Strips

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Otto

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I'll mix the latest bucket I collected into my compost heap and see what happens (this is a bucket of leftover bits ranging from very small pieces to in tact staples). I can't see any issues with my 3 ingredient staples (paper, oxalic acid and glycerine). I'll let you know how it goes...
 
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I'll mix the latest bucket I collected into my compost heap and see what happens (this is a bucket of leftover bits ranging from very small pieces to in tact staples). I can't see any issues with my 3 ingredient staples (paper, oxalic acid and glycerine). I'll let you know how it goes...
My compost is chock a full of worms.. I got rid of the chooks a while ago so our food waste all goes in these days.. wonder how the worms would go with the oxalic?
 

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Did a quick Google search. Rhubarb leaves have lots of oxalic acid in them and this breaks down pretty quickly in a compost heap. Can't imagine why leftover staples would be much different. Just make sure the paper or cardboard and cotton (if sewing) will break down too.
 
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I reckon it’ll kill your worms as there probably isn’t as much in a rhubarb leaf as there is in a staple, let alone multiple staples.
 

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So I'll set up a separate compost heap for these. Mix with a bunch of organic matter and see what happens. Easy enough experiment to set up.
By setting up a dedicated compost for these you'll select for things that are happy to break them down, so it should get better at it as you feed it more.
 
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So I'll set up a separate compost heap for these. Mix with a bunch of organic matter and see what happens. Easy enough experiment to set up.
By setting up a dedicated compost for these you'll select for things that are happy to break them down, so it should get better at it as you feed it more.
Hi Otto - Interesting in terms of sustainability. What will you be selecting for? What will you be feeding it with? What mechanism will you be breaking it down with?
 

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Hi Otto - Interesting in terms of sustainability. What will you be selecting for? What will you be feeding it with? What mechanism will you be breaking it down with?
Just use nature. Mix the oxalic strips with some partly composted mulch and compost and leave it. See what happens. The idea is that there are bacteria, fungi etc that can break them down. The easiest way to find them is to mix together a bunch of different ones from different sources with the leftover strips. You will select for the ones that can do the job because they will thrive in the environment you create. I think diluting the leftover strips with some mulch would be sensible to dilute the acid.
Concept is essentially the same as starting a sourdough culture for bread. I've done this numerous times by grating the skin from an apple from my own backyard (natural source of yeasts) and mixing this with water and flour. Then feed regularly with flour and water to select for yeasts that utilize the flour well. Within a week or two you have a culture that you can make bread with.
 
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