FYI: shredded money
- Just FYI - Did you know that you can get free samples of
(which may be good for artwork - or for other creative things).
We used shredded money to add a details to our "playing with paper" lesson. Students had options of quilling, mosaic, etc. - we also had a real money tree to look at - and so many students made a pretend money tree and then used shredded money as leaves.
(only one small baggie was good for 45 students - and we still had 1/2 the bag leftover)
Details on how to get some shredded cash:
Shredded currency is available in small amounts through the BEP.
Small amounts, as pre-packaged souvenirs, are available for sale in the Washington, DC and Fort Worth visitor centers. Larger amounts of shredded currency for use in artistic or commercial purposes will need to be obtained from the Federal Reserve Bank; and written approval from the Chief, Office of Compliance, is required before the Federal Reserve Bank will consider honoring shredded currency requests.
Treasury approval will be based upon the following requirements.
The recipient must follow Environmental Protection Agency and other local or state requirements for recycling shredded currency.
The shredded currency must not be recycled into paper of printable quality.
The residue must not be used as confetti, or in loose form such as used in packing materials.
Firmly seal any container in which the residue is placed so that it must be broken in order to remove the residue. The container must be at least 4 mils thick.
Due to the presence of various chemicals in ink, the recipient must not use shredded currency for the creation of products designed to hold food or drink for human consumption.
If the recipient is intending to make a product with shredded currency, a sample of the product and/or packaging and marketing materials may be required.
The recipient must not claim the value of the shredded currency enclosed in a product as having a monetary value greater than the weight of the shredded currency per ounce, or fraction thereof, multiplied by $165 per ounce.
The recipient must not ship the shredded currency overseas.
The recipient must not place any replica of U.S. currency on any product or container into which shredded currency is placed, or on any related advertising or other written material.
The recipient must agree not to resell or otherwise dispose of the residue without Treasury approval.
Requestors must agree to the above conditions and state intended use in a written request to the following address:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Attn: Chief, Office of Compliance
Shredded Currency Request
14th and C Streets, SW
Washington, DC 20228
Please include your contact information and allow 21 days for a response. The Department of the Treasury reserves the right, at its own discretion, to revoke any approval granted if the above conditions are violated.