Why are we not allowed to put shredded paper in the recycling bin?

05 March 2006

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Why are we encouraged to shred all paperwork but we're not allowed to put shredded paper in the recycling bin?

Answer

I believe it's because small shreds of paper would clog up the paper reprocessing system but I think it depends on your local authority and the paper mill it goes to. Of course you can also compost shredded paper, which is a nice alternative.

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