I got an interesting note from the city in the mail the other day, talking about what Ottawa is good at recycling, and what they could be doing better. We’re good at newspapers and corregated cardboard, but not so good at aluminum foil and tetra packs.
One of the worst things on the list was “fine household paper,” meaning things like computer printouts, bills, receipts, or bank statements. I think it’s great that these things can be recycled, but I’m having trouble actually putting them in the bin. I keep envisioning my bank statements blowing all over the neighbourhood — not exactly what you want the world to see.
I guess we could shred everything first…would that be safe enough? We actually used to shred everything like that before we even put it in the garbage can, we were so paranoid, but lately I’ve gotten lazy and just toss it in whole. Shredding might make it less readable for the recycling bin, but I think the little bits are more likely to fly around the street than whole pieces of paper. I hate to think of all that paper lying in a landfill somewhere, but at the same time, I hate to think of someone finding a receipt and using the credit card number on it to make some eBay orders.
What do you think? Is this stuff safe for your recycle bin? Shredded or unshredded?