New rule for getting rid of shredded paper

(KOMO file photo)

You’re worried about identity theft, so you shred your documents rather than tossing them into the trash. Smart move!

So, what do you do with all of that shredded paper?

For years, we’ve been told to put it in a plastic bag and toss it in the recycle bin. But not anymore.

“Paper mills don’t want shredded paper and shredded paper is hard to sort from the other recyclables,” said Tom Watson, King County’s EcoConsumer. “ So, the best rule of thumb is to put shredded paper in your organic’s cart with food and yard waste. Layer it in there, if you can, and don’t have any plastic in the shredded paper.”

One other benefit, according to King County Solid Waste: Shredded paper absorbs liquid from the food scraps and yard waste and helps minimize odor.

Not sure what to do where you live? Contact your local recycling company.

One other option: You can also add that shredded paper to your home compost pile or use it for mulch in the garden.

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