Tis the season! Gardening season! I've been hoarding my newspapers for the past month and continue to do so. Why? Well I shred them and use them as mulch. Free mulch!
I don't use the glossy inserts - just the newspaper. Although some people are freaked out by using newspaper in gardens, the USDA says it's fine. The ink used in newspapers is almost always soy-based (switched from a chemical base years ago - mostly for worker safety). Paper comes from wood, obviously, and minimal amount of bleach is used in newsprint. The "whiter" the paper - the more bleach is used. It actually biodegrades really nicely. Worms love it.
I used newspaper mulch in the past and it works great. And it's cheap. And it helps the environment by reusing it yourself.
I wrote about this three years ago - when I first thought about trying it out. I'm getting old. You can read my original post HERE.