Shredding Service

CU Recycling now limits document destruction collections to six or fewer boxes. 

CU Recycling is scaling back the shredding services we offer, partially as a result of the relocation of the campus recycling facility.  It is not possible to shred onsite or store materials for destruction at our temporary location.

CU Recycling will offer a biweekly route to pick up small quantities of materials for destruction (up to six boxes per department), store them securely at the CU Distribution Center, and have them destroyed by a shredding company.  The charge for this service will continue to be $6 per box for up to six boxes (standard copy paper size, approximately 12" x 18" x 9"high), and can be requested by filling out the following online form:

Click here for request form

Departments who generate more than six boxes of materials for document destruction or need a cart to store materials are now encouraged to contact Bayaud Enterprises, a supplier of secure and verified confidential destruction of documents with state price agreements.  After researching several companies, Bayaud Enterprises is recommended by CU Recycling because:

  • Materials are sorted by Bayaud for "highest and best use" to remove recycling contaminants before shredding, baling, and shipment for recycling.
  • Bayaud will provide CU Recycling with weight tickets for all material collected from campus, allowing for more accurate campus recycling diversion rates.
  • They currently service the CU Boulder campus every other week (with a possibility of more frequent trips) and can design a regular collection route to minimize truck traffic and related environmental impacts on campus.
  • Boxes and lockable carts (upon request) are collected by uniformed, bonded employees and taken to a secure facility where workers with disabilities are employed.
  • For large quantities of material (more than 6 boxes) Bayaud's state agreement prices are currently less than CU Recycling's fees (Bayaud charges $40 for a pick up of up to 20 boxes, and $2.50 each for additional boxes; varying prices for carts depending on pick up frequency).

To arrange service with Bayaud, please contact Susan Williams Robinson, 303-830-6885 or visit Bayaud's website.  Note that materials to be picked up must be located in an elevator or ramp serviced area, no stairs.

For a list of all suppliers who currently have State of Colorado price agreements for data destruction, Click Here.

If your department needs secure short-term or long-term storage of confidential materials, visit the CU Distributions Center's website.  

The Distribution Center can also make shredding arrangements for materials no longer needed to be stored there, or have them recycled if they are no longer sensitive materials.  For more information about the Distribution Center's storage services, email

If your department shreds your own materials in your office, CU Recycling can pick up your shredded paper for recycling as long as you follow these guidelines:

  • We can accept only white and light colored shredded papers.
    • Before shredding, first separate and remove dark and bright colored paper, plastic or any other non-paper item.
    • If contaminants such as bright colors or plastics are mixed in with your shredded paper, we are not able to remove them so none of your paper can be recycled.
  • Please bag and seal your shredded paper into a clear bag, tied shut, before placing it in or next to a campus recycling bin.
    • This allows us to keep your shredded paper separate from the rest of our materials.
    • If shredded paper ends up on our recycling sorting lines, it can bind up the equipment and inhibit the recycling process.

Zero waste suggestions to reduce materials for shredding

Shredding paper reduces paper fibers to sizes so small that recyclability is affected.  To maximize the amount of your papers that can be recycled, please consider the following measures when practical:

  • If there is only a small amount of sensitive information on your documents, tear off only that portion of the paper for shredding, recycling the remainder of the paper in a regular paper recycling bin.
  • Use a permanent black marker to block out confidential information (check the back of the paper and mark on that side too if necessary), then recycle the paper in regular recycling bins.