Do You Know What Paper Items to Recycle at Home?
Let’s do a quick survey – how many trash bins do you have in your home? Now, how many recycling bins do you have? Odds are, one of these numbers is greater than the other. Why is that? You’re likely throwing away paper products or packaging that can be recycled.
Recycling doesn’t have to start and stop in the kitchen. Many household paper products and packaging commonly located in the bathroom, office or even right at your front door can be recycled.
Always be sure to check the local recycling guidelines in your area. And, when in doubt, throw it out. Common household paper items and materials that are recycled at paper mills across the country include:
- Paper tubing from toilet paper
- Paper packaging used for a toothpaste box, bar soap box or tissue box
- Boxes used for over-the counter-medicine
- White and colored paper
- Note cards
- Letters without sensitive information
- Mail including envelopes, postcards, coupons and advertisement mail
- Magazines and catalogs
- Cardboard boxes from online purchases
- Paper packaging from food items such as cereal or pasta boxes
- Milk or juice cartons
- Paper shopping bags from retail stores or restaurants
- Tubing from paper towel rolls
- Pizza boxes
What Can You Do?
Wishcycling is when we put something in the recycling bin hoping it will be recycled. That disrupts the recycling process. But always think before you throw.
Watch as industry experts walk you through the recycling process.
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