What to do with
Paper is widely recycled
However, there are a few exceptions- find out more below. Most local authorities accept paper in their recycling collections - enter your postcode below to check if yours does.
Paper recycling tips
- Paper is a valuable recyclable material but only when it is clean.
- Remove any plastic wrapping from newspapers and magazines - this can be recycled with plastic bags at larger supermarkets.
- If you scrunch paper and it doesn't spring back, then it can be recycled.
|Newspapers and supplements||Paper that is stained with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt (e.g. greaseproof or baking paper, kids paintings)|
|Magazines, brochures and catalogues||Hygiene/sanitary products (e.g. nappies, wipes, sanitary towels)|
|White paper (e.g. computer paper, letters)||Used paper towels|
|Telephone directories||Cotton wool and make up pads|
|Junk mail and flyers||Wet wipes|
|Envelopes (including those with a window)||Sticky papers (e.g. Post-it notes, sticky labels or paper tape)|
|Non-paper gift wrap or bags (e.g. foil-based gift wrapping)|
|Crisp or sweet packets or wrappers|
|Wallpaper and decoration paper|
|Brown paper (this should be recycled with card because it causes brown flecks in new paper)|