Monday, November 20, 2006

Paper? You can't recycle that!


Shred or recycle-that's the choice.

On the one hand you would like to recycle, on the other hand (having listened to the advice) you would like to shred all of the letters, documents, and envelopes containing your personal details in order to protect your identity.

Now it seems that in some parts of this green and pleasant land you will be in a Catch 22 situation if you decide that you would like to do both. Certain of our local councils will not accept shredded paper for recycling, claiming that it makes a windblown mess, or it clogs up the dustcarts, or that shredding reduces the fibre lenghts in the paper!

As far as I am aware, this situation does not exist in South Shields, I have witnessed "shreddies" being put into cardboard boxes or large brown envelopes prior to depositing in the 'kerb it' recycling tote. However, if I am wrong, I am sure that Cllr. Michael Claire will make a statement to clarify the situation.

Someone is going to have to decide, do they want us to recycle or not!

Link

The Daily Mail

Update

Cllr. Claire has confirmed that recycling shredded paper is no problem at all in South Tynside, here is the advice he has gleaned:

In relation to our Kerb-It service we are able to accept shredded paper. The Council are very keen to recycle as much waste paper as possible to reduce our reliance on landfill.

As you can appreciate there is a possibility of the shredded paper becoming a litter issue when left outside homes and we advise residents of the following steps when recycling their shredded papers.

* If residents have a large quantity of shredded paper that they place the materials into a clear or preferably a paper bag. To minimise the potential for litter it is also suggested that householders place the bag into the bottom of their Kerb-It box.

* Those householders with smaller quantities of shredded paper are advised to layer the shreds between larger paper sheets or newspapers/magazines and place them at the bottom of the Kerb-It box.


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