Learn Your Local Recycling Rules
Depending on where you live, you may need to locate the recycling facility to drop off your paper products in person. In other locales, you may be able to subscribe to curbside pickup. It can also be possible to set up a program to coordinate recycling within a school or workplace. This has a significant impact, as 70% of office waste is paper, and each ton recycled saves 7,000 gallons of water and 17 fully grown trees.
Most recyclers today will require you to separate your glass from your paper, and you may also be expected to distinguish between different types of paper, such as newspapers and mixed papers versus office documents and files. Ask your local center if they have the capacity to recycle paper or if you must travel to a location who has that capacity. Many recyclers are able to remove staples from the pulp but be sure to verify if this is the case in your region.
It’s important to avoid contaminants, as these can harm the recycling process. A great deal of material is turned away each year for this reason. Wet paper often has to be discarded due to its difficulty in being recycled, and it is necessary to avoid leaving your bins out on rainy days. Be careful not to toss paper smeared with food, grease, or oil in with your recyclables, as these substances can render new products unusable. Paper towels and napkins would also fall outside the purview of recycling but can be used for composting.
PROSHRED® provides paper shredding and recycling services for businesses and consumers and understands your need for the safe destruction of confidential information, whether on a one-time shred or on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to reach out to us for more information by phone, contacting us online, or stopping by the office.