What is recyclable?

White Office Paper
One of the highest grades of paper is white office paper. Acceptable are clean white sheets from the likes of laser printers and copy machines. Coloured, contaminated or lower grade paper is not acceptable. The wrappers the paper comes in are of lower grade and not acceptable. Staples are ok. White office paper may be downgraded and recycled with mixed paper.

Corrugated Cardboard
Boxes made of cardboard and packaging is acceptable. Cardboard must be free of any sort of tape but staples are always OK.

Newspaper is widely available and of uniform consistency which makes it valuable. The entire newspaper including inserts is acceptable except for things like plastic, product samples and rubber bands. Newspapers may be stuffed in large brown grocery sacks or tied with natural-fibre twine. Other brown paper bags may be mixed with newspaper.

Some phone books are made with a special glue that breaks down in water while other phone books use a glue that interferes with recycling. Printed in your phone book should be information on the source and type of paper used, the nature of the binding. Note that many phone companies continue to use virgin rain forest to produce directories.

Waxed Cartons (Milk, Juice)
Milk cartons are plastic laminated inside, even if they don't have a plastic spout.

Mixed Paper
Mixed paper is a catch-all for types of paper not specifically mentioned above. Everything you can imagine from magazines to packaging is acceptable. The paper must still be clean, dry, and free of food, most plastic, wax, and other contamination. Staples are OK. Remove plastic wrap, stickers, product samples and those pointless "membership" cards, and most junk mail can be recycled as mixed paper. Due to new technology, plastic window envelopes and staples are generally ok.

Paper that can't be recycled
Paper that can't be recycled as normal "mixed paper" includes: food contaminated paper like greasy pizza boxes, waxed paper, waxed cardboard milk & juice containers, oil soaked paper, carbon paper, sanitary products or tissues, thermal fax paper, stickers and plastic laminated paper such as fast food wrappers, juice boxes and pet food bags. Paper with any sort of contamination or plastic layers can't be recycled. Plastic laminated paper is bad for recycling plants; such paper should be clearly marked. www.dawallets.com

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