Shredded paper is ACCEPTABLE in the blue barrel under the following condition:
Shredded paper should be bagged and tied in a CLEAR plastic bag. Do not use plastic grocery bags as they are not clear enough for recycling sorters to easily see through them and they will discard them as trash. Residents may purchase these clear plastic bags by visiting their local office supply retailer.
*Please note that this is the only time plastic bags are allowed in the blue barrel which are not acceptable under Mesa's recycling program. However, this exception is made to ensure that the shredded paper is properly processed at the recycling facility. When not bagged, the shredded paper is too small for sorting and can become litter on the street.