It chews them up and hides them in the bottom of the lint trap. Seriously, have you ever taken out that little tray and put your head in the dryer and peeked down in there? I used the handle of a spoon and got out some, realized there was more, and left the pile on the floor for my hubby to see. He got out the screwdriver and took off the inside plate that holds the tray and started pulling out handfuls! And he has big hands! No wonder it takes forever to dry anything! It must have literally been packed completely full. He pulled out a square about 5 inches across, 2 inches deep and 5 inches long. That’s about 3/4 of the size of the tray part (except the tray isn’t deep). Can you imagine how long that had to be packed in there? Yuck.