The Atlanta Fed shreds $6 million in cash a day — and it’s used to grow tomatoes

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Great Big Story

Have you ever wondered what happened to currency that gets damaged?

If you have a paper shredder in your home, you already have a pretty good idea. But that’s just the start.

Great Big Story created a video to follow old bills through the process of their transformation..into plant food. It starts at the New Orleans branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank. Millions of dollars a day pass through the facility and are shredded before being composted.

Scroll on to see how the process works.


The New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve shreds $6 million in cash each day. They mainly shred bills that are dirty, taped, graffitied or otherwise unfit to be used as cash.

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Great Big Story

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The bills are shredded to a fine texture to make compost. The bills used to go to a landfill, but now they are recycled.

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The cash is transferred to a compost facility​, where it is mixed with other materials to make nutritious plant food.

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After the compost is made, it is sold to local farmers, who use it to grow peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

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“It is very fulfilling to be growing using a material that would otherwise go to waste.” – Simond Menasche, founder and director of Grown On.


The video was made by Great Big Story. Check out the full video below.


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