How to Recycle Shredded Paper

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You've been acting responsibly and avoiding identity theft by shredding all your junk mail, old letters, or credit card and bank statements. Now take acting responsibly to a new level by recycling your shredded paper. Here's a few ideas to get you started:

Things You'll Need

  • Shredder
  • Unwanted documents
  • Shredded paper is a great protector for your fragile Christmas ornaments. Line the bottom of a box with a thick layer of paper, position ornaments with an inch of space between them, then add another layer on top. You can continue adding layers to the top of the box.
    *If you have some smaller cardboard boxes (cereal boxes work great), flatten them and use as extra reinforcement between layers.

  • Small animals like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and mice love shredded paper in their cages. It's a great nesting material!

    You can also call your local animal rescue and ask if they can use the donation.

  • You can use the shreddings to stuff a scarecrow at Halloween or for a Harvest Festival.

    Planning a bonfire for your next school football game? Shredding paper can be used to create any effigy you have in mind.

  • Create a homemade draft stopper for your window sills or doors. Using an old bath towel, sew sides together and one end to create a tube. Turn inside out. Stuff tightly with shredded paper, then sew the remaining end shut. Instant and inexpensive way to save energy in your home!

Tips & Warnings

  • Store shreddings in a large, plastic garbage can with a lid, or in tightly closed lawn trash bags.

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