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E. Vinje

Hi Verne –

Shredding will help the composting microbes break down the material and speed up the decomposition process. You can use a chipper for wood or a paper or leaf shredder for leaves, pine needles, or paper items. For food, some use a food processor or blender, or they’ll toss everything onto the lawn and run a power mower over it a few times. With that said, unless you’re trying to win the award for fastest compost ever, there’s little point in shredding this fine. Save the energy and let the pile do the work!

Hope this helps!