NO. DON’T RECYCLE THAT!
Many people load their recycling bins with wrapping paper, tissue, ribbons, Styrofoam and more. Unfortunately, most gift wrap is not recyclable.
Why Not? Wrapping and tissue paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver colored shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled. Ribbons and bows can get wrapped around the equipment and shut the whole process down, plus they are usually made with non-recyclable plastics. Styrofoam from boxes and other gift packaging is also not recyclable and should be thrown in the trash.
Holiday Wrapping Recycling No’s
- Gift Wrap with Glitter, Gloss, Plastics, Metallic Coatings, or Foils
- Tissue Paper with Glitter, Gloss, Plastics, Metallic Coatings, or Foils
- Bows, Ribbon, Yarn, String (Any stringy item really)
- Excessive Tape or Glue
- DONATE your used wrapping paper and packaging to JAM Art & Supplies in Sioux Falls. They can use it for Creative Reuse Camps.
- Use Recyclable Options like Brown paper grocery bags, Newspapers, Large sheets of craft paper or plain paper wrapping paper or tissue without the “shine” or additives – these can be recycled. Decorate with markers or crayons, but no paint, glue or glitter.
- Use Reusable Options that you can reuse over and over again like decorative boxes, Towels or fabric, but please keep out of the recycling bin. For ribbons and bows, go for twine or more natural string that will decompose better in the landfill.
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