Don't Recycle If Glossy
Gift bags are often appear glossy if they are made from a paper-plastic mix. This type of material can’t be recycled because the paper and plastic can’t be separated.
Generally, gift bags can’t be recycled if they have ribbons or bows. If your gift bag is 100 percent paper, it is okay to recycle, but first remove all of the adornments.
Ways to Reuse
Regift the Bag
As long as the gift bag is in good condition, reuse it when giving someone a gift.
Keep Gift Bags for Storage
Although they don’t last forever, sturdier gift bags can make handy storage containers for items around the house or for car trips.