In these days of widespread worries about identity theft, the issue of destroying sensitive documents once they are no longer needed grows more vital all the time. When you need to dispose safely of such items, you know that the shredder is for anything bearing your name, address, and bank and social security information. There are even some things that might not immediately occur to you. Receipts for ATMs and credit cards, and possibly used airline tickets, are also things you want safely destroyed. And you should want a certificate of destruction Boston to make sure the job has been done. But after it’s done-what then?
Did you ever wonder what becomes of all that shredded material? Waste documents, once they’ve been through the shredder, may meet different fates. They may go to recycling facilities to become other paper products. Your writing paper, newspapers, and storage boxes may once have been someone’s old vital papers that weren’t needed any more.
The means by which this is done involves baling machines similar to hay balers that turn paper into masses that may weigh as much as a ton. The bales go to paper mills where they are broken down with water and chemicals and reduced to pulp. The pulp goes to rollers, and the rollers are where new paper is made. It can be processed into anything from office paper to toilet paper.
If shredded paper isn’t recycled in the above manner, it can also make good compost.
Many kinds of paper are compostable, as long as they don’t contain heavy toxic metals, as glossy or colored paper sometimes do. Newsprint and other papers are usually safe and may even be less toxic than grass or straw.
Disposing of sensitive printed matter is good for your security, for the economy, and the environment. It makes sense beyond a shred of a doubt.