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Wrapping paper

Recycle at home

Some councils will accept non-foil and non-plastic wrapping paper in their household recycling collections but others will not as wrapping paper is not accepted by some recycled paper mills, so please check with them first.

Which types of wrapping paper can be recycled?

  • Simple paper wrap that passes the 'scrunch test'

  • Any sticky tape and decorations such as ribbons and bows

  • Foil or glitter-decorated paper

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Why don't some local authorities accept wrapping paper for recycling?

  • Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling.

  • Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics and so on, which cannot be recycled.

  • A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

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