Unless your wrapping paper explicitly says it's recyclable, it can be hard to know.
Some ways to know whether that wrapping paper is or isn't recyclable:
- Regular and glossy wrapping paper is recyclable
- Metallic flakes, glitter, foil, and plastics are not recyclable
- Heavily laminated wrapping paper is not recyclable
One way to check if it's too laminated? The scrunch test. Scrunch the paper into a ball. If it scrunches and stays scrunched, it can probably be recycled.
If you've determined your wrapping paper is recyclable, ensure you remove any ribbon, bows, foil, etc., before throwing it in the recycling bin.
Want it to be easy and to keep wrapping paper out of the landfill?
- Pick recyclable wrapping paper
- Use kraft paper
- Go paperless (check out our Reusable Wrapping Paper post for more)
We'll even point you in the right direction. These are all recyclable:
- Recyclable stone wrapping paper from Paper Source (you heard that right)
- Hallmark kraft wrapping paper
- Hallmark evergreen wrapping paper
I’m a big fan of using news paper or reusing old paper that you have around the house. And it looks so cool it you accent it right.