Residents should put them in clear plastic bags
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is reminding residents about the new rules for recycling shredded paper.
The state launched its new recycling system in June.
The new process requires residents to double-bag all shredded paper in clear or fairly see-through plastic bags and tie the bags shut before placing them in their recycling bin or cart.
This allows the shredded paper to be spotted and removed in the earliest stage of the sorting process.
It is the only recyclable item that should ever be placed in a plastic bag.
Before the new system was put in place, residents were advised to place their shredded paper in paper bags and staple them shut.
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