Quick Answer: Can I recycle paper in plastic bags?

Should you separate paper and plastic?

You must not mix separately collected paper, plastic, metal or glass with other material with different properties. You must do this if it is necessary to help prepare waste for re-use, recycling or other recovery operations.

What bag do I put shredded paper in to recycle?

Shredded paper must be placed in paper or recyclable plastic bags, then the bags must be stapled or taped closed and recyclable plastic bags must be tied closed.

Why can’t you put shredded paper in recycling?

Shredded paper can be recycled, but not all local councils will collect it for recycling, as some paper mills can’t process it. This is because: Shredding paper weakens it; It could pose problems at paper mills e.g. maintenance and fire hazard issues.

What should I do with shredded paper?

Here are some ways to reuse your shredded paper:

  1. Compost.
  2. Make Paper Mache.
  3. Make Your Own Paper.
  4. Use it for Kitty Litter.
  5. Use it as Animal Bedding.
  6. Donate it to a Veterinary or Animal Shelter.
  7. Make a Sachet.
  8. Packing/Mailing.

What happens when plastic bags are recycled?

Many of the plastic bags that are recycled in the U.S. end up as composite lumber, according to the Georgia Recycling Coalition. This is a mix of plastic bags and wood scraps, such as sawdust and old pallets. This type of lumber is long lasting, durable and a low maintenance decking and outdoor construction option.

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