Is Wax Paper Compostable?
The answer to this question is "Maybe yes, maybe no".
Did You Know? The practice of oiling paper to make it waterproof dates
back to the Middle Ages. In the 19th Century, Beeswax was used to coat the
If you are like me, you are seeking to compost any materials that are organic
To determine if wax paper is compostable, you have to know what wax is used
to coat the paper. You also need to know what other chemicals, if any, are
a component of wax paper.
The paper in wax paper is a compostable material.
The wax is either soybean based, or one of two kinds of paraffin.
Soybean wax is organic, but it is a wax, and is difficult for microbes to
Paraffin is composed of either vegetable oil or petroleum based.
Vegetable oil is organic and is okay for composting. Again, it is hard for
the microbes to digest wax.
Petroleum based paraffin is definitely not desirable in the compost, nor
ultimately in your garden.
In addition, some wax paper manufacturers use chlorine or bleach in the paper
Our Conclusion: Rather than doing extensive research into the composition
of the wax paper you buy, avoid using wax paper in your compost.