Shredding your paperwork is essential in maintaining your privacy. But once you shred all of your paperwork, what is the next step? Should you just throw it all away? You absolutely can throw away any shredded paperwork that you have, but the best option you have access to, is to recycle all of it. Not only is recycling better for the environment, but it is actually safer for your shredded paperwork than just throwing it away!
The first step in the recycling process is to have the paperwork sorted depending on color and type. This is a way to decide what this paperwork can be recycled into whether it be newspaper, toilet paper, or it is still good enough to turn back into copy paper. Once sorted the paperwork is sent to be turned into pulp. One of the first steps taken after your paperwork is sorted, is all of the paperwork being thrown into a vat of chemicals. These chemicals actually separate the ink from the paperwork which essentially erases all of your documents completely. This means that not only are all of your papers shredded and separated in a way that no one could have access to them, but there is nothing left on the paperwork for anyone to try and decipher anyways.
Depending on your area, you should have access to a recycling plant to make sure that your shredded paper gets destroyed properly. It may seem like a little bit more of a hassle, but it is absolutely worth it knowing that your information is extra secure, and you also helped the environment!!