Q: Why can’t shredded paper be recycled now? What am I to do with shredded paper?
A: Shredded paper can no longer be collected at the curb or at our eleven drop-off sites for recycling. Shredded paper is too small for the new single stream processing facility equipment to sort. The pieces get wet and stick to the glass bottles and/or jars or gum up the sorting equipment and can cause it to malfunction.
But have no fear shredded paper can be directly dropped off at the ACC Recycling Facility at 699 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens, 30605. Place the shredded paper in paper bags, boxes or a clear plastic bags for recycling and put them in the green and yellow rolling recycling bin near the office of the solid waste department or the dumpster in the parking lot of the recycling facility.
Additionally, there will be four shred events per year for our residents (spring, summer, winter and fall). These events will be sponsored by the ACC Recycling Division and the location will rotate around the community. Click here for upcoming events.
Lastly, there are several private companies that shred documents and recycle the shreds. Visit the yellow pages for a complete list of local shredding businesses.