Shredded Paper Garbage Bin Place shredded paper in your garbage. This is because recycling facilities are designed for items larger than confetti sized pieces. Larger pieces of paper are recyclable, but shredded paper will fall through the rollers on the recycling machinery and become trash. Instead of shredding an entire document, shred only the parts that contain private information. If protected info is removed and shredded, the rest of the document can be recycled. You might also consider an ID Blocking Ink Roller that blocks out personal information, then put in the recycle bin. The DocuTeam offers secure, confidential, on-site document shredding. Call with questions. Hind Lane San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | (805) 544-0440Map & Directions Ways to Reduce Shred Selectively It’s not always necessary to shred a document entirely. You really only need to shred the parts that contain private information. If protected info is removed and shredded, the rest of the document can be recycled. Cut Back on Junk Mail If you find yourself shredding junk mail to protect personal information, register with the Direct Marketing Association to remove your name from most mailing lists for five years (for a $2 processing fee). This won’t affect companies you’ve purchased from, so use Catalog Choice or the free app PaperKarma to request specific senders to cease mailings. Did You Know? Why Shredded Paper Can Be Hard to Recycle Shredding a piece of paper shortens its fibers, which reduces its value. Shredded paper is almost too small to be useful to recyclers. It’s possible for shredded paper to contaminate the recycling process by slipping past the paper-making screens.