Not all paper can be recycled; here’s what goes in the bin

White recycling truck picks up blue curbside recycling bins in Grand Rapids

Not all paper can be recycled; here’s what goes in the bin

This story was originally published by FOX17 for Morning Mix.

Paper is one of those things everyone knows can be recycled, however what's lesser known is that not all paper belongs in the recycling bin.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy wants to encourage the community to recycle properly, and they're doing just that with their new Know it Before You Throw It campaign.

The following can be recycled as long as they are clean and don't have any food residue or grease stains on them:

  • Paper with staples/clips
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Envelopes with plastic windows
  • Wrapping paper without glitter or foil

These types of paper cannot be recycled:

  •  Used paper towels, tissues or napkins
  • Cash register receipts

When the improper materials are put in the curbside bin, it contaminates the proper materials already inside. If the materials are contaminated, the entire bin is thrown out and cannot be recycled.

Learn more about EGLE's new campaign, get more tips and information on recycling by visiting recyclingraccoons.org.

Also, learn more about what the City of Grand Rapids is doing to improve recycling efforts at grandrapidsmi.gov.

© Copyright 2019, EGLE. All Rights Reserved.

This website uses cookies

We use cookies to personalize ads, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!