Make a compost pail liner from newspaper!

origami compost pail liner


I often stuff newspapers willy-nilly into my compost pail as a sort of makeshift compost pail liner to absorb the moisture from fruit and veggie scraps. There’s already so much waste to be composed in the kitchen — it seems silly to purchase a product like compostable liners just to go and compost them. There’s undoubtedly more carbon waste generated in producing them, and besides, they’re expensive.

So I was just absolutely delighted when I saw this Earth Day tip in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle Home section! I was soon stacking up a dozen compost pail liners as I finished each section of the paper.

All set for the next couple of weeks!

How To Make Your Compost Pail Liner

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3 thoughts on “Make a compost pail liner from newspaper!

  1. February 5, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Great idea. I have been putting a piece of paper towel at the bottom of the bucket, mostly so the compost doesn’t stick to the container but newspaper is much less wasteful. Thanks!

    1. February 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Edith, I know others who do this as well, but if you have newspaper or used paper bags around, they are a great alternative!

  2. November 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    Just came across your blog entry and wanted to let you know there’s an even better way to use newspaper for food scraps. It’s my product called the Kitchen Cone, and it’s designed to be the perfect holder for a drop-in section of newspaper. No mashing or folding!

    The best part is much MORE ventilation than anything else. The moisture can escape, and because the food dries out it doesn’t smell. Check it out at

    Best regards,

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