Dear Recycle Lady,
I took some confidential papers to the Recycling Center last week and they assured me those papers were kept in a safe place until they were shredded. I wanted to see the shredding process to be sure they would be protected. Why would they not permit me to see them shredded? Shredder Wannabe
Dear Shredder Wannabe,
There are several pieces of heavy equipment involved in the shredding and baling of shredded papers. There are large pieces of machinery in operation as well as the staff moving around who are operating the machinery. Thus, it is not safe for anyone not an employee of the Recycling Center to be on the floor when paper is being shredded and baled. Please rest assured that any confidential documents brought to the Recycling Center are locked in a windowless room that is only accessed by employees when adding documents or shredding them. After confidential documents are shredded, they are mixed with other shredded material that has been brought to the center, and then everything is baled. The baling process creates pieces of paper so small and so tightly packed that it would be impossible for anyone to put them back together.
Dear Recycle Lady,
I just replaced four stove-eye drip pans. The pans that I removed are all metal, but they are somewhat rusted. Can they be recycled? What about a metal wheelbarrow? Is it too large to be recycled? Cook & Gardener
Dear Cook & Gardener,
Yes, your metal stove eye drip pans can be recycled, even though they are rusty. Your old metal wheelbarrow can be recycled, too. The Recycling Center accepts all items made of metal, except for extremely large items like a car. Take your drip pans and wheelbarrow to the Recycle Center and look for the sign on the right-hand side of the building pointing to aluminum can recycling. Push the indicated button for recycling aluminum cans and someone will come to assist you.
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