As businesses and individuals look for new ways to reduce costs and become more environmentally friendly in 2014, they may ask themselves, “Can you recycle shredded paper?” While the answer is usually yes, there are some considerations to take when planning your waste paper processes.
The Mixed Grade Issue
Shredded paper qualifies as mixed grade paper rather than high grade paper. This is because the paper fibers are shortened in the shredding process. Lower quality recycled paper is used to create things like toilet or tissue paper and is not considered as valuable as high grade paper. In some areas, it may be more difficult to find a recycling center that accepts mixed grade paper. It can also be more difficult to transport shredded paper for recycling, which creates logistical challenges for some organizations.
Privacy Over Environmentalism
Though greener living is important to many individuals and organizations, putting environmentalism ahead of privacy concerns can cause issues for your company, employees, and customers. Make sure your waste paper policies ensure the destruction of confidential information, even if that destruction reduces your options for being green. The financial risk of having private customer information leaked isn’t worth any recycling savings. Plus its against the law (e.g., HIPAA, FACTA, etc.)
Hire Professionals Who Recycle
You can also reduce the cost of both data protection and recycling by contracting with an offsite or onsite shredding service (like Sergeant Shredder) that will handle paper disposal and recycling for you. Such services are more likely to have access to recycling options for all grades of paper. We are committed to environmental sustainability by using state-of-the-art shredding trucks that exceed current exhaust guidelines. We also recycle 100% of all shredded paper as well as eWaste.
So… the answer to “Can You Recycle Shredded Paper” is yes! How will your business become more green in 2014?