Many of us use paper shredders to protect our personal information from getting into the wrong hands. But what do you do with that shredded paper? Unfortunately, recyclers don’t want it because the fibers are cut very short, and often the shreds are mixed with non-recyclables like stickers and bits of plastic from things like credit cards. If you shred your own paper, it is possible to divert it away from landfills. You can layer shredded paper with grass clippings (and other organic matter) and turn it into compost. But if that doesn’t work, bag it up and throw it away. Sending it to a recycler contaminates real recyclables.