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Dec 23, 2011
Just put a shreder on top of the recycle bin. Problem solved...
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Dec 23, 2011
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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Dec 23, 2011
One company I worked in had two paper recycle bins. One was the normal recycle bin and the other was a 'secure' bin. We hired some company to take the secure waste away to shred/recycle it.

However, its not always easy to work out which documents needed to be put in the secure and which were normal, so most of us put everything in the secure bin to avoid disciplinary action.
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Dec 23, 2011
Recycling of paper is done by mixing the paper with water and other substances to make a slush, in which the original long pulp fibers are freed to be reused. These long fibers become tangled with each other when making (or recycling) paper, thereby giving the paper its strength.

Shredding the paper cuts these fibers to where they are too short to tangle and form strong sheets any more.
Now, there are shredders which are supposed to enable recycling by preserving these fibers, but they cost 1/10 to 1/4 million US dollars per unit.
Dec 23, 2011
To get around this problem we hire a private shredding/recycling firm for our documents, I'm still confused as to why we can not just shred the documents ourselves and place them into a recycling bin... somewhere, somebody is getting rich off of this scheme.
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