How can I get old newspapers in bulk?

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How can I get old newspapers in bulk?
Old newspapers are a handy way to pack items, mulch your garden or provide bedding for pets. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Old newspaper can be useful for a variety of reasons. The paper is thin and inexpensively made. Whether you are packing for a move or need bulk newspaper for pet bedding or other projects, finding the amount of old newspaper you need can be an intimidating task. If you do not have the luxury of time to collect the newspapers that you need for your particular project, there are other options that can get you the right amount. Some options may cost you a nominal fee whereas other ways may be free.

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    Contact your local newspaper office. Many newspapers sell misprints and extra copies of their newspaper by the pallet at far less than the per paper rate you would see at the news-stand. Some will also sell or give away the end rolls, which are the leftover ends of unprinted newsprint rolls.

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    Contact your local recycling centre. If your local newspaper automatically recycles all of its unused newsprint and newspapers, it may direct you to your local recycling centre by default. At some recycling centres, you may be able to take as much old newspaper as you need at no charge. Some recycling centres will charge a nominal fee in order to take old newspapers.

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    Use free or local classified or entertainment newspapers. Many areas have these types of newspapers available at conveniences stores, post offices and restaurants. If you only need a small amount of newspaper or need them for a onetime situation, this may be an option.

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    Ask friends and family who subscribe to newspapers to save their old copies for you. If you do not need the newspaper immediately or only need a small amount, you may be able to build a small stash of newspaper from this method.

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