Shredded paper

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Can you recycle?

Shredded paper can be recycled, but not all local councils will collect it for recycling, as some paper mills can’t process it. This is because:

  • Shredding paper weakens it;
  • It could pose problems at paper mills e.g. maintenance and fire hazard issues.

If your council doesn’t collect it for recycling, you can:

  • Take it to a paper bank;
  • Add it to your home compost; No coloured or glossy paper which can contain chemicals that are harmful to plants;
  • Place some in the bottom of your food waste recycling bin to soak up any liquid and help prevent dripping (again no coloured or glossy paper!);
  • Throw in your rubbish bin.
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