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Shredded Paper

​Shredded paper is recyclable but must be collected separately from your blue cart recyclables. 

​Why can't shredded paper go in the blue cart?

Shredded paper is too small to sort if it comes in with the rest of your recyclables. Through the recycling process, these small pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machines, stick to the belts and end up all over the floor. All shredded paper should be bagged and can only be collected at the recycling stations. 

What's the best option for managing shredded paper?

Reduce
The most impactful thing you can do is to reduce the amount of paper you use and the amount of paper you might need to shred. Try going paperless on things like bills, receipts, and confidential statements.

Recycle
Recycle your shredded paper by removing any contaminates and collecting the paper in a large, clear plastic bag. Make sure the bag is tied tightly and place it in the paper collection site at one of the recycling stations.


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