Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Label backing paper recycling

Hello to Kathleen who was trying to recycle the "paper" that is on the back of labels (and stickers, etc.). Recycling and composting programs differ in each city, county and state. Since I don't know where you live it is difficult for me to recommend a recycler or composter for you. Call your local City or County Solid Waste and Recycling Utility Department, they may have a great solution for you.

As an FYI that type of material is typically NOT recyclable in the "regular" recycling program, because it really isn't paper and usually doesn't have any fiber content (fiber is needed to make new paper). That material is usually a plastic based product (not waxed) if it was wax you could scratch it and a small ball or piece of wax would appear. If that wax appears contact your local composter and see if they can handle the volume you have. I also still recommend calling your local city/county utility department and see if they can recommend someone that can help you with this material and keep it out of the landfill! Thank you for checking in!

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