Staples Are OK
You do not need to remove staples before recycling magazines and catalogs. The recycling process for paper can handle these small contaminants.
Remove Perfume Samples Before Recycling
Perfume sample inserts are not paper, so they can’t be placed in paper recycling. Remember to remove these inserts before recycling the magazine.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Mail to MagazineLiteracy.org
MagazineLiteracy.org collects and distributes magazines and gives them to children, teens and adults who are at-risk of illiteracy. You can send old magazines to this organization but will need to pay for shipping. They recommend shipping them in the U.S. Postal Service flat rate boxes. Find out more.