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Paper, Wrapping Paper, Magazines and Mail


Residential curbside recycling 

Check with your city waste hauler for details on what can be placed in your curbside recycle bin, including types of paper, coated or glossy papers, or items with staples or other binding. Most hauler web sites have detailed instructions or recommendations.

Recycling drop offs

Check earth911.com for a public recycling center that accepts your paper, magazine or mail.

Gift or holiday wrapping paper

Most wrapping paper is not recyclable and goes in the waste bin, due to being coated or decorated (glitter, metallic decor, etc.). Some stores offer recyclable gift/holiday wrap for purchase. For ideas and info check with your local retailer or visit Green Matters.


Do recycle: magazines, mail (including envelopes), newspaper, copy paper, gift bags (cut off handles) and non glossy gift wrap.

Do not recycle: tissue paper, photo paper, carbon paper, soiled paper towels, dirty or greasy paper plates, glossy gift bows or metallic/foil wrapping paper. Check with your hauler regarding shredded paper, as it may cause issues at the material recovery facility that processes curbside recycling.


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