Why can't I recycle shredded paper?

Answers to frequently asked questions at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/faqs

Pile of shredded paperLast year Wandsworth started using a new recycling facility to sort material. The methods for separating items are now slightly different, and one of the few changes is that cannot process shredded paper. 

Shredding paper shortens the fibres, so large amounts of shredded paper in a paper bale will usually bring the overall quality down. 

At the new recycling facility, small pieces of paper fall through gaps in machinery and into the crushed glass stream. To obtain clean, uncontaminated glass the bits of paper have to be removed. This process requires time and energy, and the retrieved paper is too poor quality to be useful. 

Sensitive information

Parts of a document containing sensitive information can be torn off and shredded (then put in the bin), while the rest of the page can be recycled as normal. Black-sack rubbish is taken to an energy-from-waste facility, which feeds into the National Grid.

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There are 2 responses to “Why can't I recycle shredded paper?”

  1. finn Says:

    shredding is very necessary for any business man.

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