Shredded Paper

Shredded paper needs to disposed of in your regular trash.

Shredded paper presents a number of challenges to recycling centers, which is why it cannot be recycled easily like other paper products. Shredding paper breaks down the strength of its natural fibers, which impacts its value and recyclability. Additionally, it can clog up the sorting machines and contaminate other recyclables due to its small size and lightweight nature. However, some recycling programs may accept shredded paper if it is collected separately or put in clear bags so that it can be easily sorted.

SCRRRA (Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority) collects household hazardous waste and paper to be shredded (along with shredded paper). Visit the SCRRRA website and see their schedule for the nearest location.