We have one of those criss cross shredders. I think about all the shredded paper that we throw out a week and wonder if there would be anything wrong with saving it and tilling it into the soil. I know people use news papers placed in the walk rows of their gardens to keep the weeds from coming up there, one less place to weed, right. They need to be put down rather thick and wet to do the job. My point is, at the end of the growing season the paper gets tilled into the soil, no harm no foul. I think the shredded paper would be excellent for the soil, basically it is cellulose fiber or wood, that since it is shredded, will rapidly break down and even it it took longer it would aerate your soil.
So, what do you think? Do you agree that this would be okay for the soil. We go out and buy compost to make our soil better, I really don't see much difference between the two. Let me know what you think.