Glossy Paper and Plastic Windows OK
All paper products, including glossy paper, are recyclable. It is ideal to remove plastic windows from envelopes before recycling them, but it’s OK if you don’t.
Padded Envelopes Go in the Garbage
Recycling plants don’t accept padded envelopes because they can’t separate the mixed materials. If your padded envelope is plastic-only, recycle it with plastic bags.
Recycle Plastic Tyvek Mailers With Plastic Bags
Plastic Tyvek envelopes are made of plastic film and can be recycled with plastic bags. Do not recycle these envelopes with paper recycling.
Lunar New Year Envelopes
Red envelopes for the Lunar New Year made of plain paper can be placed in the recycling container. However, glossy envelopes with foil must go in the garbage.
Ways to Reduce
Reduce Junk Mail
Junk mail generates a lot of waste on a weekly basis. Learn how to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
Ways to Reuse
Use Envelopes More Than Once
As much as possible, try to use envelopes more than once before disposing of them. You can cover old addresses with labels or cross them out.