Tuesday Tips Paper Recycling
Did you know that paper and paper-based packaging are the most recycled materials in the United States?! We want to keep it that way by making it even easier to identify exactly what to recycle in your everyday life. You might not know that pizza boxes and coffee cups are being increasingly accepted at more and more facilities. Check your local recycling rules, as every area has different guidelines. Find yours by inputting your ZIP code at BeRecycled.org.
White and colored paper—think writing paper, file folders, stationery
Mail and envelopes (yes, even those with windows), greeting cards—if you still get coupons, toss ’em in too
Most of those boxes that pile up when you buy cereal, shoes, laundry detergent, medicine, cakes, candy—you get the picture
Takeout and frozen food containers, including ice cream cartons as long as they're empty
Shipping boxes—empty them, break them down so they're flat, and keep them dry
Magazines and newsprint—no need to remove staples or worry about special inks or glossy papers; today’s recycling machinery can handle them
Juice and milk cartons—make sure to remove all liquids first
Wrapping paper, including the cardboard tube
Recycling isn’t the only option. Paper packaging’s durability means that it can be reused. Flatten boxes for easy storage, and come gift-wrapping time you’re all set up.
Quality matters. Don't forget to flatten boxes. Make sure the item is clean and dry. Crumpled paper goes into the recycling bin. But that magazine you dropped in the bathtub? Sorry—wet paper goes in the garbage. (Try making seed paper with it instead.)
Books are a special case. Some curbside recycling programs accept paperback and hardcover books as-is, others require you to remove spines and covers because of the adhesive in the binding, and others ask you to go to a separate facility. Donate to nursing homes, your local library or Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.
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- Carole Zellers