We have paper recycling at work for copier paper, bulk mail, catalogs and cardboard, but what should we do with our bits from our cross-cut paper shredder? Since we got the shredder I have 3 large garbage bags full and don’t know what to do with them.
I shred some documents and then every so often, when the shredder is full, I dump all the shreds into the recycle bin. Based on your answer below I’m assuming that’s not a good way to get it recycled. Is that true? Would putting them in a bag be better? Or are paper shreds not recyclable?
I often put out shredded paper in big bags. If I can’t put it in a paper bag, I have to put it in white plastic garbage bags. They seem to take them, but I wondered if it’s ok, since they only take plastic that’s labeled 1 or 2? Can it be separated or do they just put it in the trash??
Hi Robin, John and Mary,
Your questions all came in shortly after we posted what happens if you place a non-recyclable item in with recyclables.
While I’d like to do further research on this topic, I don’t want to delay my initial findings any longer. A conversation with a customer service rep at Republic informed me that shredded paper in fact is NOT allowed in your blue and yellow curbside recycle bin.
I know! I was shocked too. I mean, if they accept regular paper, why not accept it in its shredded form???
Stay-tuned – if I learn more, I’ll pass it along!