By Rashida Holmes
Manager, Paper Group
Have you noticed paper shredding events in your community and
thought: “I’ll just take all the paper in my office or that corner of the
spare room to be shredded?” Shredding can help you to dispose of
paper documents, while making sure your personal information is
secure. But did you know that shredding shortens paper fibers, making them harder to use in recycled products?
AF&PA developed the Think Before You Shred! poster to help you consider your options as you recycle your paper and paper-based items. In reality, only documents with sensitive information, such as your social security, credit card, or bank account numbers, need to be shredded. Any other non-sensitive items, such as magazines, books, greeting cards or direct mail, can be placed directly in the recycling bin.
The poster is available on the recycling resources page of the AF&PA website and on www.paperrecycles.org.
For state-specific information on how to recycle shredded paper, case studies on award-winning recycling programs, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit www.paperrecycles.org.