Find a location to recycle shredded paper in your area

Whether in a large office with reams of sensitive documents or a household setting with dated bills and receipts, it’s hard to stay data-secure without a bunch of shredded paper on-hand. It’s also impossible to avoid the question on nearly everyone’s mind: can shredded paper go in the recycling bin?

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Frequent Shredded Paper Recycling Questions


Can shredded paper be recycled?

Once you shred your personal documents, it shortens the fibers and lowers the grade of paper from high grade to mixed grade. Mixed grade paper is still recyclable, but you may have a harder time finding a recycler who will take it.

Shredded paper can be recycled as long as it is shredded to an appropriate size and does not include too many contaminants, such as plastic bag residue.

Is recycling shredded paper more of a security risk than throwing it away?

Typically, recycling is no more of a security risk than throwing your documents in a waste basket. However, for extra security, you can take advantage of local shredding events.

When communities hold e-cycling events, document destruction is often included, so check with your local recycling center or household hazardous waste facility to see when the next document destruction event is scheduled.

Are there other uses for shredded paper?

So long as it isn’t colored or glossy, shredded paper is compostable. Some companies turn shredded paper into home insulation.
Find out how to recycle shredded paper with this recycling guide