What to do with
Some councils will accept wrapping paper with your household recycling collection scheme but others will not - so please check with them first.
What is it made from?
The materials that go into making some wrapping paper result in it not always being accepted for recycling:
- Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled
- Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling
- A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle
How should I recycle it?
Check with your local council...
- Some councils allow wrapping paper to be put in your recycling bin at home
- Other councils ask for wrapping paper to be recycled at the recycling centre
- Some councils do not collect wrapping paper at all, this is because wrapping paper is not accepted by some recycled paper mills. There are a number of reasons for this.
Try to buy wrapping paper made from recycled materials. Sometimes this isn’t so easy to find in the shops, but these websites are helpful:
- Recycled Paper Supplies sell recycled wrapping paper