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Something I haven't seen addressed in this thread: Shredding should ONLY be used for truly sensitive documents. Shredding everything that gets tossed, whether it needs to be or not is a problem. It is very difficult to recycle shredded paper. Paper is a woven product and has a grain. When that grain is cut, the recycling becomes much more difficult. Very few companies will recycle such paper, because the process is expensive and cumbersome and a large portion ends up in landfills. The best practice, from an ecological viewpoint, is to shred only sensitive material and recycle the rest with an operation that uses a pulp mill.

David R. McLallen, ECMp
Boulder County Records Manager

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