Paper and Cardboard

Acceptable

  • White/colored paper
  • White/colored envelopes with windows
  • Booklets/manuals
  • Fax/telex copy paper
  • Greeting cards
  • Adding machine tape
  • NCR/carbonless forms
  • Post-It notes
  • Soft covered books with white pages
  • Manila folders
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Telephone directories

Not Acceptable

  • Paper with food waste on it
  • Pizza boxes
  • Lunch bags
  • Coffee cups
  • Cellophane (candy wrappers)
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Carbon paper
  • Brown/golden kraft envelopes

Some facts about Paper

  • Making new paper from old paper uses 30-55% less energy than making paper from trees and reduces related air pollution by 95%
  • Each day American businesses generate enough paper to circle the globe at least 40 times!
  • Commercial and residential paper waste accounts for more than 40% of waste going to landfills.  Eliminating this paper from our waste would nearly double the lives of current landfills
  • Newspaper can be recycled into newspaper, game boards, egg cartons, gift boxes, animal bedding, insulation and packaging material
  • Office paper is recycled into office paper, tissue paper, paper towels, and toilet paper
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