The American Forest & Paper Association reported that 66.2% of paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling in 2019. The recycling rate was substantially higher for cardboard boxes at a whopping 92%!  Besides being the most recycled packaging material in the U.S., “nearly half of the material used nationwide to make new boxes comes from paper recovered for recycling,” according to Waste 360, a waste, recycling and organics industry supporter.

Refresh yourself on the types of paper that can be recycled on Bainbridge. Keep paper flat and bigger than index card size for it to be successfully recycled.

  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Newspaper
  • Copy paper
  • Construction paper
  • Wrapping paper (NOT embossed or glittery-reuse or trash)
  • Paper or frozen food boxes (no liners, PLEASE flatten)
  • Cardboard (flatten)
  • Paper bags
  • Phone books
  • Milk and juice cartons (not Tetrapaks>box types)
Do NOT Recycle:
  • Paper cups – TRASH
  • Non-tearable paper – TRASH
  • Greasy pizza boxes – COMPOST
  • Tissue paper – COMPOST
  • Paper towels, paper napkins or tissues – COMPOST