Holiday Recycling Does Not Include Wrapping Paper and More

By Cindy Pantea

holiday wrapping and bows unrecyclableAn Earth911 tip says holiday recycling does not include wrapping paper.  By placing gift wrap in your recycling bin you could be actually contaminating all the items you intended for recycling, as the tip states.

It goes on to explain the reason is because most of the time, wrapping paper contains laminates, making it unrecyclable. Same goes for ribbons, bows and tissue paper. Further investigation into the matter shows that cards are not recyclable either, unless they are made of paper only. In fact, anything laminated or accented with glitter, felt, ribbon, charms, etc. are not recyclable.

After verifying with the Customer Service area of Republic Services, waste haulers/recyclers in Akron, it is determined that it is best to throw wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tissue and cards in your regular trash for pickup rather than in your recycle bin.

brown paper wrappingReusing and Other Options

You could, of course, plan to reuse your Christmas gift wrap and tissue later, at which time you can even cut up your old Christmas cards to use for gift tags or as Christmas gift monogram labels.

For an alternate idea in gift wrapping, consider reusing and embellishing brown paper bags for wrapping or gift wrap with fabric.  Also, there is always the reusable gift bags and boxes.

Easy-to-ReUse Are Christmas Cards

Meanwhile, when it comes to holiday recycling, Christmas cards seem to be the easiest item to repurpose. They can be:

  • Made into a wreath,
  • Used as ornaments,
  • Fashioned into canning jar toppers
  • Cut and sent as a Christmas postcard,
  • Used as embellishments for a making your own Christmas cards,
  • And more.

Pinterest has great examples of some of these card recycling ideas if you need something to get your creativity flowing.

Post Holiday ReUses That Help Organize

If the idea of limited accepted recycling has you frowning, let me share a fun tip for reusing water bottles and solo cups:

Glue either red solo cups or the bottom half of cut water bottles on cardboard, and you have yourself a perfect ornament organizer that you can store in a plastic bin. See more holiday organizing ideas here:

Happy Holidays from Keep Akron Beautiful!