Telford and Wrekin Council is offering its residents a chance to combat identity fraud by providing them with a shredded paper recycling service.
With identity fraud becoming a bigger problem, many more people are using shredders to shred their confidential papers. But up until now the council has been unable to collect shredded paper because their paper reprocessors found that the bits clogged up their machinery.
A Telford and Wrekin Council spokeswoman said: We can now take paper shredded fibres to put through the recycling process. The problem we had before was that our paper mill did not take shredded paper because the fibres tended to be very fine making it difficult to recycle.
But following requests from its residents the council has come to an agreement with its paper reprocessors to help resolve the issue. Shredded paper will now be accepted from kerbside collections as long as it is placed in sealed envelopes. This will enable it to be put through the normal recycling process without congesting the machine.
Leader of the council Andrew Eade said: Sadly we are hearing more and more stories of identity fraud caused by criminals rifling through our rubbish and recycling and more people are now using shredders as a mean of preventing these types of crimes.
Until now we have been unable to collect shredded paper, but following talks with Sita, we have come up with a solution which allows homeowners to look after their privacy at the same time as caring for the planet.