Smart and secure postal service to reduce paper waste

Released 15/06/2018

The launch of Canberra based postal service ‘Send and Shred’, which will safely shred and recycle documents helping prevent identity fraud and paper waste, is another great example of Canberra’s commitment to tackling waste.

Send and Shred is a secure postal service that shreds and recycles sensitive paperwork, reducing paper waste by providing an ecofriendly alternative to using shredders for document destruction.

Customers buy an empty bag from Send and Shred's website, fill it with paperwork and lodge it in any post office. Send and Shred then has this securely shredded and recycled.

An estimated 1,850 tonnes of paper will be recycled per year through Send and Shred services—equivalent to around 44,400 trees annually. The service also diverts waste from landfill, where most at home shredding ends up, to be recycled into new products such as office paper and toilet rolls.

The service will also better protect Australians against identity theft. Mail and paperwork continue to be one of the prime targets for thieves and hackers. It is estimated by the Australian Institute of Criminology that one in every five Australians have been a victim of identity crime.

ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury will tomorrow (Friday) attend the Send and Shred launch.

“Canberra has one of the highest recycling rates in the country," Mr Rattenbury said.

"As loose shredded paper can be more difficult to process in the recycling centre machines, I'm delighted to see this Canberra business tackle another problem waste stream.”

(Amended comments due to updated information since publication).

Media event details:

What: Send and Shred launch
Date: Friday 15 June 2018
Time: 1.00pm – 1.30pm
Where: Canberra Times Fountain, outside the Canberra Centre on City Walk.

Media: Minister Rattenbury and representatives from Send and Shred will be on hand for interviews. For more information, visit

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