and Identity Theft
Always shred personal, confidential or sensitive documents. Then, you
may add them to your paper recycling. Shredded paper
Shredders are now readily available over a wide price range. Or, at a
minimum, tear out and rip up name, address, account, and similar information, by hand.
Cardboard box instructions
We no longer require you to flatten cardboard boxes for recycling. However,
flattened boxes help collection crews work more efficiently and help protect
Whether you set them out for recycling or trash collection, labels and
printing on unflattened boxes can advertise to thieves that your household
has a brand-new computer, television, or other electronic or valuable
- Cut out labels with model and serial numbers. These can be handy references
(and beat craning your neck at strange angles while hunting for that
information on the device itself).
- Flatten boxes and tuck them into your wheeled
cart for paper recycling.
- Another option is to put the flattened boxes into a smaller cardboard
box for collection.
- Or, tie flattened boxes into bundles with twine.
Shredded paper instructions
Please prepare your shredded paper for recycling collection. We worry
that shredded paper will blow around your neighborhood while awaiting
collection or while being emptied into the collection truck.
paper shreds into a paper bag and staple or tape it shut. Then, add this
bag to your other paper recyclables.
Or, "sandwich" your unbundled shreds in your wheeled
cart for paper recycling. Have a layer of unshredded paper or cardboard
at the bottom of your cart. Add your shredded paper. Before setting the
cart out for collection, add more unshredded paper or cardboard.
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