Recycle Shredded Paper Right

Shredded paper should not be placed in your curbside recycling. Shreds are too small to be sorted properly at the materials recovery facility (MRF) that receives your recyclables. It falls through the recycling plant's fast-moving conveyor belts and ends up in the trash.

Instead, make sure that it gets recycled by placing shredded paper in paper bags and dropping off at a mixed paper recycling bin. The green and yellow public containers operated by Paper Retriever or River Valley Paper Company are typically located in the parking lots of schools, places of worship and community centers. These paper-only collection bins are hauled directly to a local mixed paper/fiber recycling plant.

Paper is the most recycled material in the U.S. You can recycle many other types of mixed paper in your curbside recycling.