What happens to the paper after it has been shredded?
The shredded documents are transferred directly from Secured Shreds Mobile Shredding trucks to a recycling facility. Once there, they return to the marketplace in the form of items such as recycled household paper products.

How am I able to determine our environmental contribution?
For every ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper, you save:
• 17 mature trees
• 3 cubic yards of landfill space
•7000 gallons of water (amount saved by producing paper from recycled material versus virgin pulp)
• 2 barrels of oil and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power the    average American home for 5 months. (EPA) recycling 1 ton of print or copy paper saves 2 tons of wood.
• The manufacturing process for recycled paper uses up to 70% less energy than for virgin paper and considerably less water. www.paperrecycles.org

Why should I be concerned if my shredded paper is recycled?
Paper recycling begins with us as individuals and as a community.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to take for granted the impact that paper has on our lives.  It helps us to go through our daily routines more efficiently.

From the soft tissue you use when you have a cold or allergies, sticky notes for quick reminders, your morning paper, office note pads and important documents up, the disposable cup that holds your morning coffee or afternoon soda, the bags that hold your groceries, up to the heavy duty corrugated cardboard boxes we use for storage and filing. We use more paper products throughout our daily activities than most of us realize…until they are not there.

In our work place, despite our efforts to have a “paperless office,” papers help us to communicate and stay connected.   Paper is essential for copiers, printers, brochures, notepads, and other uses.  Even when much of our information is on a digital document, we keep a paper file backup, just in case that digital file gets deleted on accident.

Taking these many benefits of paper into consideration, they question becomes “why not recycle?” When you consider the tremendous benefit of paper, it’s clear that we must all continue to work together by recycling used paper. Recycling is easy to do, and it’s good for business and the environment. So next time you read the paper, open your mail, clean out your files, or empty a box, don’t put that paper and paperboard packaging in the trash. Complete the circle and recycle it.

What types of products are made from the paper I recycle?
Paper recovered for recycling is categorized into “grades.” Each grade of paper has specific characteristics, as well as its own value to manufacturers. Dozens of grades exist, however, they are generally grouped into categories including corrugated (“cardboard”), newsprint, mixed (different colors and types, like inserts and circulars) and office paper.

The type of paper collected determines the new product that can be made from it. Generally, the lower grades, such as corrugated and newsprint go back into the same new products. Higher grades, such as the high quality fiber found in offices and schools, can go back into printing and writing papers, among other uses.

For detailed information on the amount of various grades produced and recovered for recycling each year, along with charts depicting the new products they go into, please visit www.paperrecycles.org.

What is the process that goes into the Recycling Shredded Paper?
The process is simple and secure and we encourage you to have any of your interested personnel witness the procedure before, during and after shredding.

After our mobile shredder destroys up to 6,000 lbs. per hour of the printed material described in “what to shred”, your securely shredded documents will proceed in our Mobile Shredding truck from your location to be converted into useful, post-consumer products listed in green section, in a conscientious chain-of-custody practice.

What is the process of that shredded paper goes through once it reaches the recycler?
Recovered paper is sorted by the recycling vendor into its different grades and “contaminants” such as trash, glass, plastics and metals are removed. Once the recovered paper is properly sorted and free of contaminants, it is compacted into large bales and transported to a paper mill where the recycling process begins.

To begin the papermaking process using recovered fiber, the fiber is shredded and mixed with water to make a pulp. The pulp is washed, refined and cleaned, then turned to slush in a beater. The process of papermaking from that point forward is essentially the same whether or not recovered fiber is used. www.earth911.com

What types of Paper can be Shredded and Recycled?
When considering the primary types of paper you can effectively recycle, all of the following are found in a typical office environment:

Account Numbers,  Audits/Surveys, Bank Statements, Bids, Quotes, or Proposals, Binders, pamphlets, brochures, folders, files, Brokerage Account Information, Business Plans, Cancelled Checks, Company, Correspondence, Competitor Information, Computers & E-Waste, Confidential Memos, Confidential and Proprietary Manuals, Contracts and Legal Correspondence, Computer Paper (cut sheet or continuous)  , Credit Card Applications, Credit Card Numbers, Customer/Client Lists, Customer Addresses, Drivers License Numbers, Education Records, Employee Information, Employment Applications, Excess or Defective Products, Financial and Tax Records, Insurance Information, Inventory Lists, Invoices, Legal Records, Loan Information, Magazines, Manuals, Price Books, Catalogs and Posters Maps and Blueprints, Market Analysis, Medical/Patient Records, New Product Proposals, Newspapers and flyers, Obsolete, Inventory, Outdated Business Records, Payroll Records, Phone books, Personnel Records, Photographs, Plastic Credit, Cards, Presentations, Price Lists, Print and Copy Paper (white /colors), Purchase Orders, R & D Data, Customer lists, Sales statistics, Financial records, Personnel files, Legal documents, Cancelled checks, Account records, Computer printouts, Medical records, Advertising misprints, Correspondence and memo, Tax record, Invoice, Price list, Inventory list, Outdated business record, New product proposals, Credit card receipt, Competitive information, Sales, Information, Social Security Numbers, Signatures, Tax Returns, Trademark Items                               

Additional paper making and recycling links:
• EPA www.epa.gov/msw/paper
• Forest Products Management Development Institute
www.forestprod.org
• Project Learning Tree
www.plt.org
• www.Paperrecycles.org