Monday, November 2, 2015

Day 2209 - What to do with shredded paper

Do you shred?


We have a little home sized shredder designed for little jobs like shredding bank account statements, old bills, credit card receipts etc.

It's not exactly built for shredding piles and piles of files, so today's shredding exercise may take me a while.



Yes, I am still de-cluttering (see yesterday's post).

Now I'm trying to clean out the filing cabinet of paperwork from past clients, the original manuscripts of my books (which are now published) and a bunch of bits and pieces that no longer serve me any purpose.

I am creating a rather large new pile.  The pile of shredded paper.

What the hell do I do with this pile?



14 uses for shredded paper:


  • Line your guinea pig or rabbit hutch, or even your chicken coop, with shredded paper instead of straw.
  • Use it for your paper-mache creations
  • Make your own paper
  • As the base for a no dig veggie garden
  • Add it to your compost 
  • Use it instead of cotton wool for seed starters
  • As stuffing for a scare crow
  • As packing to protect delicate items that are boxed up
  • Scent it with essential oil to make drawer freshener sachets
  • Donate it to an animal shelter for dog/cat bedding
  • Add it to your kitty litter
  • Use it to line gift or Easter baskets
  • For art projects for kids - it makes great hair!
  • Keep it clean and take it to your recycling centre.


So there you have it.

There's plenty of things we can do with our shredded paper.

Will I be doing any of them?

Mine will probably end up as compost or recycling.  But it's nice to know there are plenty of other options if I had the inclination!

When was the last time you shredded? 

What other cool uses are there for shredded paper?





26 comments :

  1. Composting is the way to go (or recycling...) I like the animal shelter idea tho....

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    1. I ended up recycling as it was the quickest and easiest option, There is a recycle depot up the road.

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  2. I really need to buy a shredder and do some shredding. How long do you need to keep things like statements on file for? 10 years?

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    1. The last I heard it was 7 years for anything financial. But I might be wrong ...

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    2. Yes, 7 years Renee. I just asked my accountant the same thing because our file was overflowing with paperwork!

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    3. Glad I still know what the go is. It's been a long time since I sought out that info! I was afraid I may have been showing my age ...

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  3. Or you can spread it across your floor and play with your kids in it as if it's 'snow'. I did this once. But cleaning it up was a nightmare!!

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    1. It would make great snow. I don't fancy the cleanup though ...

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  4. I should shred... but I don't. I will now! x

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  5. There is a huge pile of paper demanding to be shredded at our place and I keep putting it off! I'm sure my two little bunnies will love it when I finally get round to doing it though xx

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  6. I love the idea of using the shredded paper for seeds! A great activity for the kids too :)

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    1. Yes. I haven't tested it myself, but I hear it works!

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    1. We only got ours a year or two ago. Before then we ripped receipts etc up into tiny pieces. Or not. Sometimes we just threw away for the world to find ...

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  8. I wonder where ours is ...we burn .
    I must look for it now it's no burn season.

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    1. Ahh. Burning. Yes. Even better than shredding! Except in bush fire season.

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  9. We don't have a shredder, though It would be handy to have one! I like the idea of having shredded paper for craft activities.

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    1. We got ours very cheap from Aldi when it was in the catalogue a year or so ago.

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  10. I need a shredder! I 'shred' personal stuff by hand which is not that effective! You could also donate some to preschools and childcare centres for their craft activities! Not me though thanks..... I generate enough rubbish...er..I mean craft materials of my own for my little charges hehe.

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    1. Yep, that's what I did too until Husband got all excited via the Aldi catalogue and raced out to buy us our shredder.
      Donating to local childcare is great idea.

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