Paper and paperboard products represent the largest portion of our municipal solid waste stream (i.e. trash), as they account for about 69 million tons, or 27%, of all materials in the municipal waste stream.
Regional studies as well as observations by landfill managers show that – although recyclable – paper is still thrown away in the garbage. A sad, but true, situation as paper is one of the most useful recyclable commodities due to the number of items it can made into, and the resulting need for cutting trees for new paper products.
- Mail, office and school papers
- Magazines and catalogs
- Newspapers and inserts
- Phone books
- Shredded paper in clear, tied plastic bags
- Cereal and cracker boxes
- Shoe boxes, gift boxes and electronics boxes
- Toothpaste, medication and other toiletry boxes
DO NOT RECYCLE:
- Paper soiled with food
- Paper plates and cups
- Paper napkins or towels
- Gift wrap
Contact your County Recycling Coordinator or your recycling service provider for details.