Deciding What To Shred

Aug 05, 2013

 By Rashida Holmes
 Manager, Paper Group

 Have you noticed paper shredding events in your community and
 thought: “I’ll just take all the paper in my office or that corner of the
 spare room to be shredded?” Shredding can help you to dispose of
 paper documents, while making sure your personal information is
 secure. But did you know that shredding shortens paper fibers, making them harder to use in recycled products? 

AF&PA developed the Think Before You Shred! poster to help you consider your options as you recycle your paper and paper-based items. In reality, only documents with sensitive information, such as your social security, credit card, or bank account numbers, need to be shredded. Any other non-sensitive items, such as magazines, books, greeting cards or direct mail, can be placed directly in the recycling bin.

The poster is available on the recycling resources page of the AF&PA website and on

For state-specific information on how to recycle shredded paper, case studies on award-winning recycling programs, free classroom resources, statistics and more, visit