Shredded Paper Recycling Bin Shredded paper placed in a clear plastic bag can be placed in the recycling bin. This is the only type of clear plastic bags allowed in the recycling bin. Loose shredded paper is not allowed in the recycling bin. Tip: 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. 140 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.