When the contents of the household recycling bin arrives at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting the truck empties out everything. All this recycling is then pushed through a mechanical and manual sorting process. Paper gets separated from the other materials and arranged into bales.
Paper with personal information on it isn’t separated out for shredding. Both Repak and the recovery operators recommend shredding or ripping up paper with personal information before placing it in your recycling bin.