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Shredded Materials Find New Life


The security advantages of shredding paperwork are well documented, but have you ever stopped to wonder about what happens to the material after destruction? While the large majority ends up being reused to create more paper, some communities have alternate plans.

IKEA has recently begun pushing for a new plan involving the large, full color catalogs that they’re known for. Beginning this year, residents can drop off their old mailers with the promise that the shredded materials will end up as filling for a new style of pillow available in stores. Paper has long been known as excellent insulation, and this approach allows IKEA (and their customers) to be environmentally responsible while creating new products.

On a more personal level, many websites contain home uses for the destroyed information that may not be obvious to the casual observer. Pet bedding, gardening, holiday decorations, and packing material are all creative solutions to the leftover waste from processing your sensitive information.

Unfortunately, most municipalities don’t offer the option of picking up shredded paper for recycling; and if they do the handling procedures are woefully inadequate for security purposes. If that’s the case and you’d like environmentally friendly recycling but don’t have an interest in personal uses, please contact us today and we’ll be more than happy to handle the disposal! Our team can scale up to handle amounts of any size, from basic drop off shredding to large corporate pickups.


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