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Paper Recycling Services

Australian Paper Recycling

Shred-X operations were born in the paper recovery industry as our sister company, Australian Paper Recycling (APR), functioned as an agent for the Amcor Paper Mill in Brisbane. All the paper collected by APR was recycled, just as it is today, into recycled office paper and washroom paper products.

Our paper recycling service through APR involves paper collection, baling (a process that prepares paper for transport), and shipping to mills in Australia and overseas to be recycled into other paper products. Environmental accountability is at the forefront of everything we do: when you partner with us in paper recycling, we provide your company with an Environmental Impact Statement outlining your positive contribution to the environment.

Our clients in paper recycling include printing companies, educational institutions, government organisations, and smaller owner-operator businesses who aim to achieve environmental best practice through reducing their carbon footprint. Through our Australian Paper Recycling initiative, we repurpose 98.5% of all paper products processed through our facility.


Through recycling, Shred-X divert 56,000 tonnes of paper from landfill annually, saving:



Whether you’re a small business or large corporation, it is important to remember that having your paper recycled is not designed to protect your privacy. Paper recycling is very different from document destruction, which delivers a secure, certified disposal method. If you’re not sure whether to recycle or destroy your documents, Shred-X can help you decide which method of paper disposal would best suit your needs.

The goal of Australian Paper Recycling is to supply innovative and environmentally friendly services to our clients in order for them to better manage their recyclable and non-sensitive paper waste.  Conversely, if you need to get rid of paper materials containing sensitive information, secure document destruction is the only option to protect the privacy of your business and all its stakeholders, and maintain compliance to Privacy Legislation.



Shred-X is proud to offer customers across Australia the chance to contribute to environmental sustainability. We help ensure more paper is recycled every day, keeping emissions lower and preserving this country’s natural resources. Our service centres are located nation-wide, offering comprehensive coverage throughout Australia’s biggest business hubs.

From junk mail to old printer paper, we can help turn your excess paper products into useful resources. For more information about our straightforward service, get in touch today! We operate in:

Brisbane and South East Queensland
Townsville and North Queensland
Sydney and New South Wales
Melbourne and Victoria
Perth and Western Australia
Canberra and the ACT
Adelaide and South Australia
Darwin and the Northern Territory
Hobart and Tasmania

Paper Recycling FAQs

How To Recycle Paper

While non-confidential documents can be recycled via general kerbside recycling waste containers, paper containing sensitive data or personal information should be securely destroyed before it is recycled. Unsecure disposal of personally identifiable information regarding your clients, employees, staff or operations is a risk which can result in your business breaching Australia’s privacy and data security laws.

Shred-X provides secure paper shredding and recycling solutions designed to protect your confidential information and contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable world.

What Happens to Recycled Paper

Shred-X processes over 50,000 tonnes of paper for recycling per year. Our paper recycling partners are Australia’s largest integrated pulp and paper making operations, recycling paper into new office Reflex branded paper and paper washroom products.

What can Paper Be Recycled Into

Common products made from recycled paper include:

  • Office printing paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Greeting cards
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Magazines

Producing these products from recycled paper reduces deforestation to obtain new paper materials.

What Types Of Paper can Be Recycled

In Australia, the following types of paper can be recycled via general/kerbside recycling containers:

  • Deli/butcher paper
  • Paper plates
  • Phone books
  • Cereal boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Printing paper
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Detergent boxes.

However, businesses should be wary of discarding anything via general recycling that could contain sensitive information. Documents or contracts with private information about your employees or clients can result in legal issues if leaked, and subject your business to financial penalties.


By recycling paper, we can conserve natural resources, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Producing new paper fibres is a resource-intensive process that can have significant environmental impacts, such as deforestation, habitat destruction, and water pollution. Through recycling, we can reduce the demand for resources such as water, trees and other raw materials to help to conserve them for future generations. Recycling paper can also help to create jobs in the recycling industry and stimulate the economy.

When paper is sent to landfill, it can take years to decompose, releasing harmful gases like methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By using recycling in our waste management process, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and help to mitigate the effects of climate change. In fact, for every tonne of recovered paper, we save 26 trees, 10,551kWH of electricity, landfill space and 3 tonnes of carbon emissions.

What Are The Benefits Of Recycling Paper

Recycling paper is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your business too. Through our recycling partnerships, Shred-X recycles 98.5% of all products processed through our facilities, and we will recognise your contribution to environmental sustainability, providing your business with an Environmental Impact Certificate.

Some fun facts on the benefits of paper recycling:

Every tonne of recycled paper that Shred-X process, saves –

  • 26 trees
  • 10,551kWH of electricity
  • 3 tonnes of carbon emissions

How does the Paper Recycling Process work?

Our paper recycling process follows a simple 4-step process:

  1. Customised solution – Shred-X provides a paper collection recycling bin suited to your needs.
  2. Collection – Shred-X personnel provide customised collections and tailored service frequencies based on your paper volume requirements.
  3. Baling process – Documents are shredded and baled in the Shred-X facility to be prepared for transportation
  4. Recycling – The baled paper is transported to our paper recycling partners, where it is used in the process of creating recycled office paper and washroom paper products.