Remove Spiral Binding
Remove the metal spiral or plastic coil from your notebook before recycling it. Dispose of metal spirals in the garbage or as scrap metal. Dispose of plastic coils as garbage.
Remove Plastic Cover
If the notebook has a plastic front or back cover, remove and throw away before recycling the paper. Plastic contaminates paper recycling.
Remove Other Non-Paper Items
Flip through the notebook and remove any non-paper items such as staples, paper clips, cloth bindings, or pages with glitter or glue.
Put Only Paper in Recycling
After any metal and plastic pieces have been removed from the notebook, place the papers and any cardboard pieces in the recycling.
Ways to Reduce
Use Both Sides
Always try to use both sides of a piece of paper to cut down on your overall paper use.
Ways to Reuse
Keep Unused Pages for Scratch Paper
Didn’t use the whole notebook? Tear out any unused pages and keep them to use as scratch paper.