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Paper is widely recycled. Check our recycling locator to see where you can recycle it locally.

Paper - how to recycle it

Paper is one of the most valuable recyclable materials, but only when it's clean, so throw dirty paper in your rubbish bin (e.g. greasy/ oily paper and paper contaminated with food.)

Take the plastic wrapping that some newspapers, magazines and junk mail come in, and throw it in your rubbish bin.

If you scrunch paper and it doesn't spring back, you can recycle it! If it does then unfortunately it can't be recycled (e.g. metallic or plasticized paper)

What types of paper can be recycled

  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogues

  • White paper and shredded paper
  • Envelopes, including those with windows
  • Junk mail and flyers

Don't recycle

  • Used paper towels, tissues, wet wipes and sanitary products (such as nappies)

  • Sticky paper (such as Post-it notes and sticky labels)

  • Metallic or glittery paper
  • Paper that's stained with grease, food, oil or paint

How paper is recycled