Help me figure out how to dispose of moldy papers I shouldn't just throw out.
December 2, 2012 1:46 PM Subscribe
I have papers that I would normally shred or burn, but now they got wet and are somewhat moldy. What do I do with them now?
posted by Linda_Holmes to home & garden (17 answers total)
I had an apartment flood a few weeks ago, and while the flood cleanup guys did okay with most things, there were some egregious mistakes made, one of which was that they stuffed a couple of canvas bags full of papers I was planning to shred or burn (identifying info, etc.) into a garbage bag and closed it up for two weeks without telling me it was there. I'd forgotten all about that stuff, and I just came across it today in one of the last bags I unpacked. (They also helpfully stuffed three hardcover library books in there that I hadn't been able to find, along with my roll of stamps, so they could hardly have gotten mold on more inconvenient items if they'd tried, BUT WHATEVER.)
So all this stuff is moldy. Some of it can just go to recycling. But some of it needs to be shredded or burned. It's really too much stuff for me to shred myself in a personal shredder -- it's about a big garbage bag full. One of my friends burns junk mail in his fireplace (and has for years), so my plan before the flood was to go over there periodically and burn it up a little at a time.
But now I feel like (1) I don't know if I can burn stuff with mold on it, and (2) I really feel like I'm in a hurry to get it out of my apartment, but I can't throw it out or put it in the recycling, because this is all the shred stuff, like stuff with my bank account info and so forth.
I'm completely stumped by how to get rid of it relatively quickly; I don't even like having it in the house, as I said, now that I know it has mold on it.
If anyone has any brilliant ideas, I would really appreciate it.