Paper products that are recycled at paper mills across the country include:
- Writing paper
- Phone books
- Paperboard boxes
- White office paper
- Packing and shipping cardboard boxes
- Pizza boxes
- Cereal boxes
- Milk & juice containers
- Frozen food boxes
- Takeout food containers
- Over-the-counter medicine boxes
- Candy boxes
What Can You Do?
Check your local municipality’s website to understand what’s accepted in your area.
Wishcycling is when you put something in your recycling bin hoping it will be recycled. Sometimes it can’t be. That can cause problems in the recycling stream.
Putting non-recyclables, like holiday lights or bowling balls, in the recycling bin clogs up the machines and can possibly injure the operations crew.
When it comes to recycling paper items, remember to keep them dry and clean. Also, remove any confidential information before disposing.
Dive Into Common Recycling Questions
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Bills, advertisements, magazines and catalogs, a card and maybe an exciting online purchase that came in a box or padded envelope. Learn what's okay to recycle.
Are paper padded mailers recyclable? The answer depends on what type of mailer you received. We help explain what to do for the 3 most common mailers.