Shredded Paper

Burbank Recycle Center Drop-Off

Shredded paper is not allowed in your curbside cart but it can be dropped off for recycling.   (Burbank Recycle Center does not offer shredding services).

Instructions: Loose shredded paper cannot be recycled unless it is contained.  Place in a plastic (not paper) garbage bag and drop off at the Burbank Recycle Center.  

Reduce Tip: Recycled paper quality relies on the length of the fibers.  Shredding shortens these fibers significantly rendering them the least value of all paper recycled.  So limit shredding whenever possible and recycle instead.  


OK to Compost

Shredded paper is compostable as long as it’s not colored or glossy. Mix two-parts paper with one-part grass in your home compost pile.

Ways to Reduce


Shred Selectively

It’s not always necessary to shred a document entirely. You really only need to shred the parts that contain private information. If protected info is removed and shredded, the rest of the document can be recycled.

Cut Back on Junk Mail

If you find yourself shredding junk mail to protect personal information, register with the Direct Marketing Association to remove your name from most mailing lists for five years (for a $2 processing fee). This won’t affect companies you’ve purchased from, so use Catalog Choice or the free app PaperKarma to request specific senders to cease mailings.

Did You Know?

Why Shredded Paper Can Be Hard to Recycle

Shredding a piece of paper shortens its fibers, which reduces its value. Shredded paper is almost too small to be useful to recyclers. It’s possible for shredded paper to contaminate the recycling process by slipping past the paper-making screens.