Wrapping Paper

Where can I recycle?

Some councils will accept wrapping paper with your household recycling collection scheme but others will not – so please check with them first.

What is it made from?

The materials that go into making some wrapping paper result in it not always being accepted for recycling:

  • Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled;
  • Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling;
  • A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

How should I recycle it?

Check with your local council…

  • Some councils allow wrapping paper to be put in your recycling bin at home;
  • Other councils ask for wrapping paper to be recycled at the recycling centre;
  • Some councils do not collect wrapping paper at all, this is because wrapping paper is not accepted by some recycled paper mills. There are a number of reasons for this (please see above).

Buy Recycled!

Try to buy wrapping paper made from recycled materials. Sometimes this isn’t so easy to find in the shops, but this website is helpful:

  • Recycled Paper Supplies sell recycled wrapping paper.

Please watch the below video for instructions on Furoshiki or how to use cloth to wrap gifts, unlike wrapping paper (which usually can’t be recycled) Furoshiki can be used again and again.