What do I do with…?
Paper & Cardboard
So many products we use on a daily basis are made from paper or cardboard. The single- use movement has taken advantage of using paper to create easily disposable products.
Why is paper waste a problem? It takes an average of 5 liters of water to produce one piece of standard paper. It takes 24 trees to make one ton of paper. Deforestation is a result of paper production. Paper makes up 33% of municipal waste.
Examples: printer paper, notebook paper, cardboard, magazine paper, newspaper, paperboard, card stock, paper containers (cups, plates, boxes, bowls) paper straws, tissue paper, paper napkins, paper towels, construction paper, craft paper, paper bags
Don’t print extra copies unless necessary
Stop junk mail through Catalog Choice
Subscribe to online magazines and newspapers
Use email or file sharing to share documents instead of printing
Bring personal cups, straws, storage containers
Use technology to save files, notes, etc.
Buy products with less or no packaging
Use cloth towels, handkerchiefs, reusable bags, etc.
Use good-on-one-side paper as scratch paper or print on “other” side
Use 100% post-consumer recycled content paper
Get crafty with leftover paper: make decorations or art sculptures
Reuse newspaper and other used paper to wrap gifts
Reuse cardboard boxes for storage or sending packages
Fold paper cranes from unwanted paper (thanks to Bonnie Tarses for the photo of the 126 paper cranes featured above)
These paper products can be recycled:
Corrugated cardboard, magazines, office paper, newspaper, clean paperboard, unsolicited direct mail, phone books
Remember to keep it all clean and dry
Food soiled paper products cannot be recycled
Recycling service providers:
Garden City Recycling provides residential and business pick up service
They accept these paper products: Cardboard (corrugated and non), junk mail, newspaper and magazines, phone books, and Bayern Ecopacks
Republic Services provides recycling pick-up service
Check out their recycling guide for what paper products are and aren’t acceptable
Always contact providers to confirm acceptance policies.
Garden City Recycling
535 Myrtle Street
Republic Services office
1501 Rodgers Street
Republic Services Recycling Center
3207 W Broadway Street