Yes I use paper towel and I love them , so to feel better about my paper towel usage I throw them in the compost right with the food and yard clippings. The comment I get the most is "I didn't know you can do that" , well either did I until one day I just started throwing them in, they're made from 100% recycled paper so I figured why not and never looked back. The paper towel takes about 1-3 months to decompose depending on how hungry the bugs and critters riffling through the compost are and the amount of rain.
Here's a list of thing that can go into your compost:
Leaves, lawn clipping, old hay, sawdust, straw, cornstalks, plants and plant parts from vegetable gardens or flower beds can all be composted, other things that can also be composted are cool ashes, eggshells, coffee grounds and filters, fruit and vegetable scraps, newspaper, paper towels and napkins, cardboard rolls from paper towels and toilet tissue.
If you have any other items that are easily composted please leave a comment. Thanks