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Using a Paper Shredder

Is it okay to line the waste basket area of a shredder with a small trash bag to make emptying easier, or does this create a problem with operation of the machine?

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January 3, 20170 found this helpful

Depending on the switch on your shredder, this should work just fine. We started doing this at work to avoid the huge mess. Good luck!

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

i cannot see where this should cause a problem as the shredder mechanism should not be near the plastic bag. I use a small trash bag in mine all the time and have never had a problem.

Of course, there are different styles/types of shredders so please be sure to check that your bag is fully down in the holder/container.

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

I've done this before but then I found that it was just as easy to empty the basket by putting the garbage bag over the basket and turning it upside down into the garbage bag. Using one a little larger makes less mess.

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

I do this all the time. I then compost the shredded paper.

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

You can always prop the shredder on top of any receptacle, like a tall plastic pail. If you already use a receptacle for recycling of other paper you could prop the shredder on half of the top and have room to still toss in other paper.

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You may need to fashion something to hold the shredder on top or it may just fit already.

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