Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil? To make sure you are adding to those numbers and not hurting them, learn what you can and can’t put in the bin.
What Types of Paper CAN You Recycle in Sioux Falls?
- Office paper (Computer paper, scratch paper, notebook paper, etc… staples, labels and paperclips are OK)
- Note paper (Remove spiral bindings)
- Colored Paper (All different colors)
- Newspaper (Remove any binding or plastic sleeves – plastic bags can be included in your bag of plastic bags)
- Envelopes (Stamps and plastic windows are OK)
- Magazines (Inserts and all! Remove plastic wrap and include in your bag of plastic bags)
- Brochures (All types)
- Catalogs (No metal or plastic bindings- please remove and throw away)
- Paperback/Soft Cover Books (Limit 2 per pick-up, per resident)
- Phone Books (Limit 2 per pick-up, per resident)
- Hard Cover Books (MUST be collected separately at our facility, not accepted in the single stream)
- Shredded Paper (MUST be bagged so we can capture it, if not it goes everywhere and contaminates the rest of the materials)
- Sticky Notes (Post-its can be included- but no sticker or label paper)
- Receipts (Make sure you remove these from your grocery bags – these can be recycled in the bin but can cause issues if stuck in your plastic bag)
- Brown Paper Bags or Packing Paper
- Wrapping and Tissue Paper (As long as there’s no additives like glitter, wax or foil- learn more)
- Paper Milk, Juice and Food Cartons (Make sure its empty)
- Crumpled Paper (Yes! Crumpled up paper can be recycled- toss that in the recycling bin not the trash!)
What Types of Paper CANNOT Be Recycled?
- Spiral or Metal Bindings (Remove these before tossing paper in).
- Stickers or Labels (Both the sticky part and the back release paper part, sorry neither are recyclable)
- Candy Wrappers (Technically not paper, usually made with plastic, waxes and other materials)
- Laminated, Wax, Plastic-Coated Paper
- Photographs, Pictures, X-Rays, microfiche (due to chemical coatings)
- Foil-Coated Paper (Think wrapping paper )
- Soiled Paper and Paper Products (Paper plates, towels, napkins… any food or oil contaminated paper)
- Tissues, Kleenex, Paper towels, Napkins
- Any paper product potentially contaminated with bodily fluids are a No.
Check out our handy Where Do I Take This Tool for a complete list of where to take odd items for proper recycling or disposal. If what you’re looking for is not on the list, ask us! We’ll help you find the best disposal option in our area.