You can dispose of shredded paper at home or take it to your local recycling centre (RC) for recycling.
Which home bin
Do not put shredded paper in your home recycling bin. Place it into your general waste bin if you cannot take it to your local RC.
Which RC container
Use the cardboard and paper container.
Please ensure it's suitably contained (in an empty paper bag, cardboard or cereal box for example) to keep it from blowing away.
Which RC accept this waste
All our recycling centres accept shredded paper.
Your home recycling bin waste is handled by a specialised sorting plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclables to be recycled into new goods. The sorting plant is a mainly automated process and shredded paper is so light that it floats around, mixing with other materials such as glass and contaminating them. This is why you cannot put shredded paper in your home recycling bin.
If you would like more information about the sorting plant, see our Materials Recycling Facility page.
You could also...
- put shredded paper in your home composting bin, if you have one.
- use shredded paper for pet bedding.