Shredded paper should not be placed in your curbside recycling. Instead, place shreds in paper bags and recycle at a paper drop bin in your community.
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.
Make sure that your shredded paper gets recycled by placing shreds 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 and cardboard in your curbside recycling.
Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.