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.

Office Depot OfficeMax
616-785-0011

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.

Multiple locations.

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Rapid Green Group
2972 Sangra Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
616-735-2900

Provides shredding, medical waste disposal, solid waste disposal and recycling options for businesses and other organizations.

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Shred-it
4717 Broadmoor SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
888-750-6450

Accepts confidential papers, hard drives, and other media for secure shredding and destruction.

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Staples
800-333-3330

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.

Multiple locations.

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