MWA Blog: Are You Recycling All the Paper Products You Can?

Are you recycling all of the paper products you can? Maybe not...

Junk Mail, Food Boxes, Cardboard, Glossy Magazines & More

Did you know 10 percent of materials that end up in the landfill from your home are recyclable paper products? We all know newspapers are recyclable, but did you know you can also recycle many other paper products in your green Curb It! cart, including:

  • Magazines 
  • Most mail, including envelopes with plastic windows
  • Newspapers along with the advertisements and inserts
  • Boxes of nearly any kind, including shoes boxes, food boxes from cereal, pop and mac-n-cheese, as well as merchandise boxes. Just be sure the Styrofoam or plastic packaging from inside the boxes is removed and put in the trash.
  • Paper bags and sacks
  • Cardboard

Watch the new Metro Waste commercial to see what you can recycle

Shredded paper can also be recycled, but requires a little more attention. It must be in a paper sack, pop can box, or cardboard box – never a plastic bag. If shredded paper isn’t enclosed in something, or is in a plastic bag, it ends up in the landfill. The sorting machines can’t capture the small shredded pieces and plastic bags – empty or full – are immediately pulled off of the recycling belt by hand to prevent equipment damage. Also, be sure to fold down the paper sack or close the box of shredded paper. You can even tape or staple it shut. Now it’s ready to be tossed in your recycling cart.

For more on what is accepted and not accepted in your Curb It! recycling cart, visit us at www.MWAtoday.com/curbit or call 515.224.0021.

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Deb Belt February 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Hadn't been recycling junk mail, will add that to the toter. Great tips.
DSS Houston March 30, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Waste paper can indeed be recycled in many ways. There are various uses for the pieces of paper or cardboard that are scattered at home. Shredding these discarded paper is what we (http://www.houstonshredding.com) do which can be mixed in compost or even made into creative or functional products.
Kevin Hart April 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Its amazing to read that the information about the products which we are using in our daily life by recycling them and then we get them back in the various forms i.e. newspapers, magazines, paper bags, plastic windows etc. Paper Shred is the latest technique for this purpose, Right now I'm using document shredding service ( http://www.data-struction.com/ ) and is the most safest way to keep your documents confidential..... Thanks Kevin Hart
Moving Box Guy June 22, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Recycling as much paper products as we can is a good thing as many people will come to realize that in their own simple ways, they can be part of the conservation of our natural resources. It is not just newspapers that can be recycled but packaging boxes as well (take http://www.movingboxguy.com for instance). The important thing is that we are doing our part in spreading awareness of the importance of recycling as well as re-purposing initiatives being done today.
Gregg Williams August 31, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I never really thought about recycling my food boxes. I knew that it was cardboard but for some reason never thought of it. Are there any places that take the cardboard for recycling? Does the anyone know if http://brownandpratt.com/ takes it?


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