Shredded Paper

Home Compost or Garbage

If putting in the garbage, place shredded paper in a plastic bag to keep it from ending up as litter.

Shredded paper is compostable as long as it’s not colored or glossy. Mix two-parts paper with one-part grass in your home compost pile.

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OK to Compost

Shredded paper is compostable as long as it’s not colored or glossy. If you are adding a lot of shredded paper to your home compost pile, add some grass to lower the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.

Ways to Reduce

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Shred Selectively

It’s not always necessary to shred a document entirely. You really only need to shred the parts that contain private information. If protected info is removed and shredded, the rest of the document can be recycled.

Cut Back on Junk Mail

If you find yourself shredding junk mail to protect personal information, register with the Direct Marketing Association to remove your name from most mailing lists for five years (for a $2 processing fee). This won’t affect companies you’ve purchased from, so use Catalog Choice or the free app PaperKarma to request specific senders to cease mailings.

Did You Know?

Why Shredded Paper Can Be Hard to Recycle

Shredding a piece of paper shortens its fibers, which limits its recycling potential and reduces its value. Shredded paper is too small to be processed by some recyclers. It slips through sorting machinery onto the facility floor, where it gets swept up as trash.