Quick Answer: Is It OK To Recycle Shredded Paper?

Though paper is recyclable, shredded paper presents a unique problem: the tiny shreds simply can’t make it through the recycling sorting process.

Instead, they gum up the machinery or cause a paper confetti explosion.

Even if you put it in a bag* many recyclers won’t accept it.

Can you put shredded paper in the recycle bin?

Unfortunately, paper shreds cannot be placed in the recycle bin. If you put shredded paper in your recycling bin, it will almost certainly end up in a landfill.

How do you dispose of shredded paper?

How to recycle / dispose shredded paper. Place paper shreds into a paper bag or cardboard box, and staple or tape it shut. Then, add this bag or box to your other paper recyclables. Or,”sandwich” your unbundled shreds in your wheeled cart for paper recycling.

What is the best way to dispose of paper?

How to Properly Dispose of a Paper Document

  • Burning. You can use a furnace to destroy large amounts of paper documents.
  • Cutting and punching. Sometimes you may need to destroy a small amount of paper.
  • Use water. Water ink and paper are strange bedfellows.
  • Hire a disposal company. At times, the amount of paper to be disposed may be too large for you to handle.

Why can you not recycle shredded paper?

Why we don’t collect shredded paper in the blue top recycling bin. Most shredded paper is of a high grade and could be recycled but the paper strips are too small and light to be separated during sorting at our material recovery facility – the large plant where recyclables are sorted and sent for re-processing.

Can shredded paper go in the recycling?

Please do not put shredded paper in your recycling bin. Shredded paper will get mixed up with the glass and affect the quality of the glass, and can make the glass unsuitable for recycling. You can use shredded paper for pet or animal bedding. Or you can compost it at home.