How to Do It
Paper recycling couldn’t be easier! Wherever you find a recycling container – be it at home, work, or while you’re out and about – you can recycle paper. There’s nothing special you have to do; just put it in the bin. And paper means a lot more than, well, just paper.
Here’s a list of all the different paper items you can recycle:
Newspapers and inserts; magazines
Junk mail and envelopes with and without windows
Office or copy paper (including the staples)
Shredded paper that’s contained in a clear bag so it doesn’t end up flying all over the place
Phone books and catalogs
Cardboard boxes (flatten them so they don’t take up all the room in the bin)
Paperboard -- think boxes from cereal, crackers, cake mixes, frozen dinners, and the carrier from the newest bottled beverage you’re trying this week
Paper cartons like from milk, OJ, soup boxes, and juice boxes; just no straws or caps
Cardboard cores from paper towel and toilet paper rolls – but not the paper towels
Brown paper grocery bags
Clean pizza boxes. “Clean” means no hunks of cheese or sauce stuck to the box, and not too greasy. Throw away the box liner and toss the box in the recycling bin.
There are a few no-no’s, though. These things just have to go to the landfill:
Paper plates and napkins
Paper soiled with food or grease
Foil-coated paper (such as shiny wrapping paper)
Wax-coated paper (such as the backing of peel-off sticky labels or stamps)
Other Ways to Help
Donate your old books to the library or sell them to a used bookstore
Opt out of unwanted mail at catalogchoice.org
Use dishware instead of paper plates at picnics, barbecues and other gatherings
And that’s it – easy as pie. Let’s Do It! Recycle Paper!