Metallic Paper Is Not Recyclable
Wrapping paper that is shiny, or contains foil and metallic pieces, cannot be recycled due to the mix of materials.
Remove Bows and Ribbons
If you’re planning to recycle the wrapping paper, remember to remove all bows and ribbons because they cannot be recycled. Bows and ribbons can be thrown in the trash.
No Tissue Paper
Tissue paper is made out of recycled paper fibers that are too short to recycle. Find out what to do with tissue paper.
Tape Is OK
You can recycle wrapping paper that has tape attached to it. It is a small contaminant that does not interfere with the recycling process.
Ways to Reduce
Instead of using paper made with virgin fibers, wrap your gifts in newspaper or brown paper with 100 percent recycled content. This reduces waste because you’re reusing the newspaper and not purchasing anything that’s non-recyclable.
Instead of paper, try using fabric scraps, unused handkerchiefs, or store canvas bags/totes to wrap your gifts. Check out In Good Taste’s article on furoshiki, the Japanese art of fabric wrapping for ideas and tips.
Use Natural Materials for Present Toppers
Instead of using plastic bows or ribbons, look outside and use natural materials such as fallen pinecones, pine or boxwood branches, eucalyptus branches, plant cuttings, or dried flowers. Learn how to dry flowers here.
Use Glass Jars
Use leftover glass food jars or thrifted jars to “wrap” small gifts.
Ways to Reuse
Save for Next Year
Wrapping paper in good condition can be folded neatly and stored for reuse at your next celebration or holiday.