Paper Shredders for Cardboard Shredding
A paper shredder is officially meant for shredding confidential ‘paper’ documents. But maybe you want to shred cardboard with it as well to use for composting or you want to reduce the volume of cardboard boxes before you recycle it. Which shredders are your best option to go for?
Please note that we don’t recommend to shred cardboard with a regular shredder. You might damage the shredder, so please shred cardboard at your own risk. It is recommended to buy a dedicated cardboard shredder for shredding (corrugated) cardboard.
But you are here because you would like to shred pieces of cardboard with a normal paper shredder. Therefore we did some research to find out which shredders are able to shred some cardboard. So your pet doesn’t have to do the shredding anymore.
Best cardboard / paper shredders according to their users
We have read through a whole lot of paper shredder reviews on Amazon.com, YouTube and Reddit. In these reviews, we looked out for experiences of real users that share their experience with shredding cardboard with a paper shredder. And their recommended paper shredders we’ve listed down below.
Disclaimer: Again, use these paper shredders for cardboard at your own risk. Read the user manual first when using the paper shredder.
Christopher shares on Amazon his experience with this shredder. He says that he personally uses the shredder for shredding cardboard boxes from Amazon or other stores, he composts the shredded cardboard afterward. He also says the shredder has no problem going through very thick cardboard whatsoever. But when a larger amount of paper or cardboard is loaded in and isn’t it can jam.
In a review on Amazon we read that Neoserf bought this shredder to help growing his earthworm farm. He uses the shredder to shred Amazon boxes, which now are going into the tomatoes and peppers instead of a recycling plant. He didn’t experience any overheating issues while shredding the cardboard. In another review we read that Dan uses this Royal Consumer shredder for shredding cereal boxes, Amazon delivery boxes and other thick sets of paper.
This 10-sheet capacity paper shredder is able to shred cardboard very well, according to a review on Amazon. The user writes that he uses the shredder for junk mail and especially cardboard boxes. Shredding these Amazon boxes saves a lot of time when it is recycling day, because you don’t have to break the boxes down. The shredder is quick at shredding cardboard boxes and it hasn’t jammed during the process. Only one time the shredder alerted him that the shredder couldn’t shred the feeded material.
Christopher White writes in his Amazon review that he was looking for a shredder that could help him deal with all the Amazon boxes that took over his house. He wanted a shredder that could shred the cardboard and let him use it as worm food or compost. The user says that he wanted a micro-cut shredder with a higher sheet capacity for shredding single sheets of cardboard. Although the user manual says explicitly that the shredder will not take cardboard, his experience is that the shredder can handle it fairly well, when it wants to. He recommends to keep the shredder well-lubricated. When shredding cardboard sheets the motor doesn’t sound bogged down.
In this YouTube video, user Gary shows you that his AmazonBasics 12-Sheet shredder is capable of shredding carboard. He uses his shredder for shredding basic Amazon boxes, so this isn’t the really thic cardboard. First he cuts up the cardboard into smaller pieces with a Works ZipSnip. These pieces of cardboard are small enough to fit into the feed opening of the shredder. When shredding the cardboard he experiences no problems at all. He recommends to not run the shredder for more than five minutes, because it will overheat otherwise.
Strip-cut or cross-cut?
When you want to buy a paper shredder for shredding cardboard you have the option to purchase a strip-cut or cross-cut (or even micro-cut) shredding device. But what is the difference?
A strip-cut shredder turns paper and cardboard into long and thin strips. So this is not like confetti, but more like spaghetti. When you want tiny cardboard shreddings, then we recommend going for a cross-cut shredder. For the smallest shreds, you should look into micro-cut paper shredders. The only downside of a micro-cut shredder is that shredding takes up more time and the maximum sheet capacity is generally lower.
Dedicated shredder for cardboard
When you want a shredder that is built for shredding cardboard, we recommend you to visit our page about cardboard shredders here. Most of these cardboard shredding machines are used by companies that want to repurpose their cardboard waste as eco-friendly packaging or void-fill material.
A regular paper shredder isn’t capable of shredding cardboard regularly. The cutting blades are optimized for shredding paper sheets rather than cardboard boxes. When shredding cardboard (accidentally) we suggest lubrication of your shredder and let it cool down before using it again.
Shred cardboard for compost
Read more tips from other users about shredding cardboard for composting or worm farms:
By Recycling.com/ 3 August 2020