Recycling is one way you can contribute to looking after the planet, but the important thing is to go about recycling in the correct way.
Confusion often arises about what can be recycled, and this is certainly true for paper. There is a vast range of paper and cardboard products out there, so we’ve put together this guide to recycling paper in the right way.
At E & E-Waste, we know whatever you’re recycling, remember that if the paper is contaminated, it is no longer recyclable.
Keep paper products away from substances like food and wash out food containers thoroughly before adding them to your recycling bin. Also, if you’re uncertain about recycling a particular material, you should check with your provider.
What You Can Recycle
Cardboard boxes are always recyclable – break them down first. You can also check if any local businesses will reuse your boxes for their own shipping. In Goondiwindi, businesses can use E&E Waste’s cardboard recycling bins to dispose of cardboard.
Cardboard boxes that package foods like pasta or cereal can be recycled too, but remove any plastic windows first. This also applies to old envelopes.
Newsprint and brown paper are suitable for recycling. Regular printer paper, plus similar products like notebook paper, can also always be recycled.
When recycling a notebook, remove the paper from the cover and binding. This type of paper can be recycled regardless of its condition but shredded paper cannot be recycled because the shreds are too fine.
Magazines can be recycled. Old magazines can also be passed on to someone else or donated to artists or craft lovers for their projects.
Newer magazines could be donated to places like libraries, hospitals, or nursing homes.
Pizza boxes are appropriate for recycling, but cannot be processed if they’re greasy. A solution is to separate the two halves of the box and recycle only the clean part.
What You Cannot Recycle
Wax paper with a vegetable oil coating can be recycled in an industrial setting, but not if it has a paraffin coating. Telling the difference can be difficult – if you’re uncertain it may be better to class wax paper as non-recyclable.
Receipts and photographs are non-recyclable because of their films and coatings. Similarly, butcher and parchment paper are unsuitable for recycling. Butcher paper has a plastic coating, and parchment paper contaminated with food or oil cannot be recycled. It can, however, be reused.
Paper coffee cups also have a plastic coating which means they’re not suitable for recycling. Facilities can only recycle these cups if they have specialist machinery. However, you can remove the cardboard sleeve from your coffee cup and recycle it.
Similarly, products like milk or juice cartons are made from mixed materials, often with plastic linings. Whether or not these items can be recycled varies by location.
It’s not possible to recycle paper towels and napkins because the fibers in this type of paper are too short.
If you’re interested in commercial cardboard and paper recycling services in Goondiwindi and nearby, E&E Waste can help with reliable solutions.
Call us 07 4633 0088 now for more information.