Shredded paper is not recyclable in your curbside bin
Shredded paper, as well as other objects that are too small (like tiny caps or non-recyclables such as plastic straws and utensils), can fall between the gaps of our sorting equipment, clog our machines, or contaminate other recycling streams. Even if/when bagged, shredded paper can go by pre-sort line workers without being pulled off if there are higher priority items such as tanglers or dangerous materials coming through. Because of these issues, shredded paper can enter a recycling center without ever reaching its highest potential of being recycled into new paper products.
BEFORE SHREDDING, consider reducing by only shredding what must be shredded – such as account numbers – and then the rest of the paper can be recycled normally. You may also rip off just the sensitive information portion or compost your shredded paper.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH SHREDDED PAPER — There are many disposal options of shredded paper:
- Recycle it through one of the shredded paper outlets mentioned below
- Compost it in your backyard compost pile or curbside compost service
- Use it as mulch for around your garden beds or nest-building material for birds
- Place it in your trash bin
Office Depot OfficeMax616-785-0011
Accepts consumer electronics for free, trade-in, or at cost depending on type of electronic, and provides secure paper shredding services. Please visit the website to determine the cost or value of your item.
Accepts newsprint, catalogs/magazines, junk mail, phone books, shredded paper, office/school paper, hard and soft cover books. Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.
Rapid Green Group2972 Sangra Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Provides shredding, medical waste disposal, solid waste disposal and recycling options for businesses and other organizations.
Shred-it4717 Broadmoor SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Accepts confidential papers, hard drives, and other media for secure shredding and destruction.
Accepts office/consumer electronics, ink/toner cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and confidential documents for shredding. No TVs or appliances. Please visit the website for a complete list of what is or is not accepted for recycling.