Donate Shredded Paper to Animal Shelters, Humane Societies, and Pet Stores

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We are constantly reminded that recycling is our responsibility. And I agree. It is OUR job to help keep our planet a place that will continue to provide us with things we need for our physical well being. Not only that but caring for our planet will allow it to continue to provide the abundant and awe-inspiring beauty and curiosities that are ours to enjoy.

Recycling does not need to be a problem for anyone. It is a very simple activity that can involve everyone in your family.

Where I lived for a number of years there was not curbside recycling. So, that meant, I had to work a bit harder to take care of materials that would be recycled. I placed items that were able to be reused in bins. And once a week I would take them to the recycling area in our town. As luck would have it, the bins where the materials would be taken, were on the way to my work. So I had no excuse.

Many towns have these: bins labeled---brown, green, clear glass, newspapers, cans, plastic, and Styrofoam. It was quick and easy and just as quick I was off to work.

Something that has occurred at some grocery stores like Publix is bins for recycling Styrofoam are now available. Recycled plastic bags have been welcome there for many years.

Recycling for another purpose is also welcome. In this article recycling for use to provide materials for animal clinics and humane societies is discussed.

Pups and Kitties Will Thank You, too.

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So many opportunities to shred and recycle

Despite the fact that much of the advertising we request or want comes into our inbox on line, there still seems to be a plethora of it that is delivered via snail mail.

What to do with it?? Well, placing it in the recycling bin at your curb or taking it to the local recycling area provided in your town are both plausible options as was cited above.

Another one is this. Call your local vet, humane society. rescue shelters, or pet stores and ask if they would like the paper offerings you have shredded. It may take a little extra effort on your part as you may shred items you might otherwise have just tossed in your recycling bin but most of the place mentioned will welcome you when you come offering bags of shredded paper.

Shredder and documents ready

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Just beginning a new bag

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A little peek at how paper recycling works.

What you can do in your town

  • Spearhead a campaign to begin a concerted effort to recycle in your town. Attend a city council meeting, suggest it, and be prepared to head the committee. It could be as simple as providing bins where community members can drop items to recycle.
  • Sponsor a clean up day for your town once every six months or once a year.
  • Ask to go to local schools to get kids excited about recycling. They buy into it very easily.
  • Come up with other ways you can help make recycling important in your town.

Shred some colorful paper for Easter baskets

You can set the shredder to a finer shred if you wish.
You can set the shredder to a finer shred if you wish. | Source

Other uses for shredded paper

  • Use it for composting. Glossy and colored papers should not be used as they could possibly contain toxins that can be harmful to plants and insects. It was interesting to note that shredded paper seems to have less toxic material than straw or grasses.
  • Use it for packing material when shipping something.
  • Of course if it is very fragile, completely protect it before placing in a bed of shredded paper.
  • Make your own Easter basket filling by shredding clean colored, construction paper (be sure that objects placed in it will not be moist or wet)
  • Line kitty litter boxes with it and place litter on top of it. It helps absorb moisture. Now if you are committed to changing it more frequently than you would with regular litter, you can use it for the sole litter box filler. It is not recommended though if you only plan to change the litter box once a week.
  • Stuff some in the toes of those shoes you seldom wear to help retain the shape and to absorb any unwanted odors.
  • If you are storing items in plastic crates with lids, you may wish to place shredded papers in and among items what that you are concerned may be scratched or even broken.
  • Create a paper máché art project with your family.

There are other ways to recycle these materials. Find what works for you and your family.

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sheila

Just one more way we can help make a difference. Recycling is one way to give back to our planet.

So nice to see you this evening. Sending Angels and blessings your way :) ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Great hub! I am with Mary615, I never thought of giving the shredded paper to the animals shelter. We definitely recycle, here it is just paper and plastic. Hopefully soon, they will set up a bin for glass and styrefoam. Very good hub, we should all do our part. Voting up and more! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Rolly.

I have volunteered at Humane Societies from time to time but not recently. I kind of miss being able to hug all of those babies.

At least with recycling the shredded paper I get to peek in ever so often.

Have a lovely day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Rolly.

I have volunteered at Humane Societies from time to time but not recently. I kind of miss being able to hug all of those babies.

At least with recycling the shredded paper I get to peek in ever so often.

Have a lovely day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi pstraubie48 ... some really neat ideas here for recycling. I managed a humane society years ago and newspaper was always welcome especially when there were long term puppies. (I liked to keep them as long as possible) It was a great introduction for them and reporting they had been paper trained gave them a better change at a forever home...

Hugs and Blessings


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning vocalcoach

They will be very thrilled if you do.I would imagine.

Any time we can help out is another way we help out our sweet animals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a lovely week.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning vocalcoach

They will be very thrilled if you do.I would imagine.

Any time we can help out is another way we help out our sweet animals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a lovely week.

Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning FlourishAnyway

Thanks for visiting. This is an easy way to help our our pet offices and humane societies. I always call first as I mentioned to be sure the paper is welcome.

Sending you more Angels this morning. Have a lovely week :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning FlourishAnyway

Thanks for visiting. This is an easy way to help our our pet offices and humane societies. I always call first as I mentioned to be sure the paper is welcome.

Sending you more Angels this morning. Have a lovely week :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan

Many places do welcome the shredded paper. I always check before I go to a new place but so far I have not been turned down yet.

And the good news is that it is a guilt free way for me to get rid of the paper.

Sending you Angels this morning...thanks for visiting. :)ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan

Many places do welcome the shredded paper. I always check before I go to a new place but so far I have not been turned down yet.

And the good news is that it is a guilt free way for me to get rid of the paper.

Sending you Angels this morning...thanks for visiting. :)ps


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Patricia - These are such great ideas for recycling paper and boxes. This is the first I've heard about donating to vets. Excellent! I may start a recycling program for our local animal shelter.

Big votes up for this and sharing. Thanks!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Never thought of this! We recycle like crazy but don't donate it, so thank you.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I'm going to have to call our vets office this week. We shred every few months and end up with big trash bags full of paper. I had no idea they might need it. What a great suggestion!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Li

And it can be on going as soon as you find places that want your paper. Thanks for stopping by and sending you Angels this early morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Li

And it can be on going as soon as you find places that want your paper. Thanks for stopping by and sending you Angels this early morning :) ps


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Li Galo 3 years ago from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad

What a great idea!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good early morning to you....

Thank you for stopping by. Shredded paper does have many uses ---more than I even have shared here. I just happen to know that animal shelters and even vets often welcome them.

Now I have read your writings a number of times and this morning I read your profile slowly. You speak of your lack of confidence in your writing All I can say to you is this: keep writing. The more you write, the more you practice sharing your thoughts with others, the more your writing will improve. I have not found your writing lacking, for 'lack' of a better word. Write what you wish to share, tell it in the most interesting way you can and let your readers find you.

Writing on HubPages to me is a way to share my ideas and interests with others and to reach out to others who are doing the same.

Decide why you are here...and then let your writing take you places.

Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good early morning to you....

Thank you for stopping by. Shredded paper does have many uses ---more than I even have shared here. I just happen to know that animal shelters and even vets often welcome them.

Now I have read your writings a number of times and this morning I read your profile slowly. You speak of your lack of confidence in your writing All I can say to you is this: keep writing. The more you write, the more you practice sharing your thoughts with others, the more your writing will improve. I have not found your writing lacking, for 'lack' of a better word. Write what you wish to share, tell it in the most interesting way you can and let your readers find you.

Writing on HubPages to me is a way to share my ideas and interests with others and to reach out to others who are doing the same.

Decide why you are here...and then let your writing take you places.

Sending you many Angels this morning. :) ps


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I have used shredded paper for many things. Last year it was for easter bowl with the eggs. Never thought of it for the animal shelter will have to check with them. Voted up.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning

At present the shredder is getting ready to be cranked up as more 'stuff' to shred has just arrived.

Thanks for stopping by.

sending you many Angels today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning

At present the shredder is getting ready to be cranked up as more 'stuff' to shred has just arrived.

Thanks for stopping by.

sending you many Angels today :) ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Informative and helpful to the shelters involved, a thoughtful idea and you always come up with such great ideas.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Celeste

You know, I don't think I would have thought of this either if my friend had not stopped by one day on the way to drop her bags off. And I am so glad she did.

So now, I am off to shred some more. :)

Have a lovely Sunday.

Sending Angels to you and yours today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, drbj. Ideally we would have little to nothing to shred. But if you are like me you find an abundance of 'stuff' in your snail mail box on a daily basis. So put it to use is my thought.

Glad to see you this morning....maybe you can write a pun about this since you have a talent for that :)

Sending you many Angels this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning John

the good thing about this suggestion is that it takes little effort on our part. I have several bags right now waiting for me to take them to local animal shelters and all. I usually wait till I have about four or five so I do not have to make too many trips.

Happy shredding

Sending Angels to you today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Kathyrn

I cannot take credit for thinking this up but am glad to share it. My friend's daughter actually told me about doing this and it sounded like such a good idea I decided to jump on board.

Using the shredded paper from colorful paper for Easter baskets came out of a need. I refuse to use the plastic type and so had to make my own filler this year...and I am happy with how it turned out.

Nice to see you today. have a lovely Sunday.

Sending Angels your way today. :) ps


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celeste inscribed 3 years ago

I would never have thought about donating to a pet store or shelter. That is a great idea! When we relocated recently we used out shredded paper as packing buffers instead of buying packaging popcorn.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What great ideas for recycling shredded paper, Patricia. Thanks for sharing them. Had to laugh when I first started reading about shredding old documents. Whatever happened to the concept of a 'paperless' society?


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johnr54 3 years ago from Texas

We are big recyclers so I'm glad to know of another way to use shredded paper. Thanks!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love your ideas for recycling/reusing shredded papers. I have never thought of those uses! I am going to share this.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

I hope all is well in your little corner of the world.

My hope is that others will find a way to recycle even if it is not this way.

Thanks for stopping by.

have a lovely weekend.

Sending Angels to you today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rebecca

I hope all is well in your little corner of the world.

My hope is that others will find a way to recycle even if it is not this way.

Thanks for stopping by.

have a lovely weekend.

Sending Angels to you today :) ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are excellent ideas for recycling shredded paper. Wow! Voted awesome, useful and shared all around!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Joanne

thanks for stopping by.

Hopefully others will read and give this a try. As I mentioned in a comment above, a young girl told me that she and her family did this so I thought I should follow her example. That was eight years ago.

Sending Angels your way. have a lovely lovely weekend. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Joanne

thanks for stopping by.

Hopefully others will read and give this a try. As I mentioned in a comment above, a young girl told me that she and her family did this so I thought I should follow her example. That was eight years ago.

Sending Angels your way. have a lovely lovely weekend. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi poetvix

Great suggestion...there could be a problem with storage if large amounts came but if it were distributed to a number of organizations then no one place would be overloaded.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi poetvix

Great suggestion...there could be a problem with storage if large amounts came but if it were distributed to a number of organizations then no one place would be overloaded.

Thanks for visiting.

Sending Angels your way today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mary

I appreciate the fact that you kept trying to comment. What a peach you are.

Yes, now you have a use for those things you are shredding. I hope all is going well with you.

Sending Angels your way this evening.

have a lovely lovely weekend. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill

You know I must have just missed the problems with commenting. I noticed a little delay and then they would go through. Glad you got through.

Now you know what you can do with all of your shredded 'stuff.'

Have a lovely lovely weekend. Many Angels and blessings are on the way to you and yours :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill

You know I must have just missed the problems with commenting. I noticed a little delay and then they would go through. Glad you got through.

Now you know what you can do with all of your shredded 'stuff.'

Have a lovely lovely weekend. Many Angels and blessings are on the way to you and yours :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Scribenet

A young girl and her family taught me about donating my shredded documents. She even told me which places would take them.

thanks for visiting today.

have a lovely weekend.

Sending Angels your way this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Scribenet

A young girl and her family taught me about donating my shredded documents. She even told me which places would take them.

thanks for visiting today.

have a lovely weekend.

Sending Angels your way this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Mary

This is one way to help those agencies. As was mentioned, calling before going is probably wise. I know that shredded paper is welcome where I reside but that may not be the case everywhere.

thanks for visiting.

Have a lovely weekend.

Angels are on the way :) ps


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Good suggestions. I will check the local shelter..not sure if they would take shredded paper, but certainly worth a try! Thanks!


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poetvix 3 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I really like the idea of donating shredded materials to animal shelters and places that need it. It occurs to me, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the like throw out thousands of pounds of shredded paper per year. Wouldn't it be great if they paired up with the shelters. It would help them both as most large companies pay for shredding, hauling and storage. Just a thought. Great article.


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

This is great info on recycling. In our city we all have garbage, recycling and compost bins that are picked up weekly. I however love the idea of using shredded paper for packing boxes and kitty litter. It's something that never even occurred to me. Voted up


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I left a comment on your Hub, but I'm not sure it "went through". I'm in the process of shredding old documents, so thanks for the reminder to donate it to our animal shelter.

Voted UP and shared.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Finally we can give comments again. I have tried four times on this hub.

Great idea, PS, and one that is so obvious and yet I have never thought of it. Thanks for a very caring suggestion.

Sending blessings and hugs your way

bill


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I am in the process of shredding old documents. I never thought to donate this to our local animal shelter, so thanks a bunch for this.

Voted UP and will share.

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