Donate Shredded Paper to Animal Shelters, Humane Societies, and Pet Stores
Local Vet Office
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.
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?? 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
Just beginning a new bag
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.
- Brainstorm with your family other ways to recycle paper .
Shred some colorful paper for Easter baskets
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