Always think before you shred. Shredded paper is less likely to be recycled than sheets of paper because the small shreds of paper can get lost in collection and processing. The smaller the paper is, the less likely it is to get recycled. A good rule of thumb is to only shred paper containing sensitive information.
AF&PA issued a statement on the recyclability of paper padded mailers. In a member survey, AF&PA members confirmed these new mailers are recycled every day at paper mills across the country. We encourage local communities to update their guidelines.