Shredded paperThe primary waste coming out of most offices is paper and cardboard. Some larger office building may have in-house food service operations that generate food waste or other materials specific to the business type. Paper is typically the primary material and many office staff are motivated to recycle food and beverage containers.

When your office hosts an event, the waste needs may be different from your day-to-day operations. See our Tips for Waste Reduction at Workplace Events for guidance on how to reduce waste, recycle, and divert food waste at your events.

Paper Shredding and Document Destruction

Paper documents that contain confidential or sensitive information are often disposed of as trash, either as is or after being shredded. However, there are many service providers that can recycle this material while ensuring the destruction of personal and sensitive information.   For businesses and institutions that choose to process (i.e. shred) confidential and sensitive documents in-house, it is recommended to talk with your recycling hauler about whether or not they accept shredded paper in recycling bins.

There are numerous businesses in Massachusetts that can assist you in recycling sensitive or confidential paperwork.  For help finding a paper shredding or document destruction service please search our database of recyclers or click here for a complete list.

If you are a shredding and recycling service provider and would like to be added to this list, contact RecyclingWorks by email or by phone at 1-888-254-5525.

Office Recycling and Composting Case Study

PDF CET Case Study:  Learn the Center for EcoTechnology’s approach to waste management, which maximizes waste diversion with recycling, composting and employee involvement.

Corporate Food Waste Composting Case Studies

PDF Genzyme Case Study:  Learn about the challenges and accomplishments of Genzyme Corporation’s food waste management program, and the steps they implemented to divert 6,620 lbs of food waste in the first year!

PDF State Street Case Study:  State Street Corporation decreased their total waste volume by 13% simply by implementing a pre-consumer composting program!

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When you are ready to start or improve a recycling or composting program, call our Hotline at (888) 254-5524, or email us at