Some councils take shredded paper with the kerbside recycling or at your local bring bank. Other councils will not accept shredded paper for recycling at all. You’ll need to phone your local district council and ask their policy.
The main reasons for not accepting shredded paper is that some paper mills cannot deal with it. It’s said that shredded paper makes weaker fibres and produces an inferior quality product. In some paper mills, the small fragments cause problems with machinery, so it will depend on where your individual council sends their paper to, as to whether shredded paper can be included in your local recycling.
If your local council will accept shredded paper for recycling, you’re lucky! But what if they won’t?
Here are 7 ways to reuse shredded paper – Please add your suggestions in the comments below!
- Composting is a great way to get rid of shredded paper; especially for confidential information such as bank statements. It’s the perfect way to avoid identity theft!
- If you don’t have a compost bin, you can put a small amount of shredded paper into a wormery.
- Shredded paper makes a great fire starter, unlike sheets of flat paper – offer it to a friend with a woodburner to make paper logs from.
- Some shredded paper can be used for pet bedding, underneath the straw. Beware of toxic inks though.
- Talking of pets, you can use shredded paper in a cat litter box.
- Use shredded paper as packing material when sending gifts – it’s far more eco friendly than polystyrene (styrofoam) peanuts.
- If you fancy a messy, but fun project, try using it to make your own paper!
What about you? How do you recycle shredded paper?