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Do you use a paper shredder?

Discussion in 'Environmental Discussion' started by burritos, Sep 20, 2011.

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  1. burritos

    burritos Senior Member

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    Ours broke. Now all my sensitive material is hand ripped into quarters and then tossed into my compost bin. My wife thinks this is unsafe. I think this thought is crazy. I'm right, right?
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    cwerdna Senior Member

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    I use a shredder. When mine broke while I was cleaning up for a move two states away, I bought another pronto. I think you are crazy. Go buy a reasonably durable one before you throw out anymore sensitive stuff ripped that way.

    AGES (10+ years) ago, before I had a shredder, I'd seen some news stories on TV of showing stuff reconstructed from what I believe was pretty well destroyed or shredded with a strip shredder. Don't underestimate the amount of free time out there by the determined...

    edit: Whoops... I didn't notice the compost bin part. I still think you're semi-crazy. Buy a replacement shredder.
  3. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

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    I guess I'd only worry about the worms finding out your net worth.
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  4. V8Cobrakid

    V8Cobrakid Green Handyman

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    maybe it's time to go paperless?
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    Shred and recycle. I think it is actually safer to shred and recycle than it is to shred and garbage. Now if shreading is not an option, compost bin is probably a decent way to go. Other options are: burning (if you can), or look to see if your bank holds a "shreading event". mine does about every 6 months.
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    FWIW, some areas will unfortunately NOT accepted shredded paper in the reycling bin. See http://www.wmnorthwest.com/redmond/recycling.html, for example.
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    I shred and recycle. Some day I will have a separated house and I will shred and compost. Wouldn't the shredding be better for the composting?
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    I'd think quarters aren't enough in case some blow away.
    May matter to some, others not: one of the negative things about composting shredded paper is you are introducing chemical agents used to manufacture the paper. I found this out when I was using our shredded paper as bedding for composting worms. They protested by escaping.
  9. Paul58

    Paul58 Mileage Miser

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    Your worms shouldn't be so picky! We shred as well, but haven't used it in compost...
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    caffeinekid Duct Tape Extraordinaire

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    Buy another shredder and recycle. I am not sure that toner as a synthetic polymer is such a good idea for the garden.
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    I shred and recycle. I don't compost, mostly because I live alone and there isn't much food waste - I get angry when I have to throw food away. I would imagine that shredding would make the composting more efficient, but I really have no clue. I would agree that ripping into quarters may not be enough. Then again, I'd be pretty surprised if someone made an effort to look through a compost bin to get papers. Most thieves want the easiest and quickest, and I don't know that they'd go that route to do it. That doesn't mean they won't, but I'd imagine going through trash would be the first choice then moving to a neighbors.
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    It was just a matter of time before this turned into a flaming thread.
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    I don't really take the compost out of the composter much. Maybe once a year. It just shrinks and shrinks. Quite an amazing illusion.
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    I usually only compost newspaper as I know that is made with soy ink.

    I don't compost other types of shredded mailings because I'm not sure what type of ink, pigments and toner they used.

    Just buy a new shredder. I own several.
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    One of my sons was recalling when he got a shredder: set it up, plugged it in, then started looking around for something to shred: the only thing he could find was the shredder instructions...

    Not that shredder operation is rocket science. Basically: don't dangle your tie over it and you'll be fine. Still...
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    ^^ a lot have a touch sensor now that the slightest touch and it'll shut the operation. I was quite surprised how little pressure it needed. Luckily I've never dangled a tie into one before, but I can just imagine a video is probably out there on YouTube of someone that did...
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    My favorite, and I'm not making this up, was the temp gal asking "Where does the paper come out of the fax at?" as I watched her shred away.
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    Our local voting center uses a paper scanning voting machine, where each voter inserts his or her ballot. I've always wanted to rig up a sound effect generator to make it sound like a cross cut paper shredder.

    :D

    Tom
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    I vote for a new shredder or holding it for the event at the bank. If thieves will go through trash/garbage looking for credit card offers, account numbers, etc. I would think curbside recycling would be an easy place to find some financial treasures. Shredding is alot less trouble than correcting identity theft.
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