A reader made an observation about my comment to recycle what I don't shred. This implies that we are not to recycle shredded paper. I've always bagged it and added it to my garbage, but decided to do a bit more research into the "rules" about recycling shredded paper.
Turns out there are a few reasons why some cities don't accept shredded paper with recycled items. Here's what the city of Phoenix, Arizona has to say:
"Shredded paper can contain contaminants such as plastic, photographs, thermal fax and carbon paper. All are considered serious contaminants in paper recycling and are not acceptable in Phoenix Recycles. Please shred only confidential information and recycle the rest."
I also discovered that shredding paper weakens the fibers, and therefore makes it unsuitable to recycle in many instances.
It's always best to contact your own city government about their policies regarding recycling and shredded paper. My policy is to reuse as much as I can, recycle the rest, and throw away as little as possible.
In His Love,