Paper & Cardboard
Newspapers / magazines
Food packaging sleeves
Envelopes / junk mail
Greeting cards / wrapping paper
Telephone directories / Yellow Pages
No thanks: shredded paper, metallic wrapping paper, paper towels
Paper & cardboard recycling FAQs
Why can’t I put shredded paper in my recycling bin? What else can I do with it? Please do not put shredded paper in your recycling bin. The MRF is unable to deal with shredded paper and there is no easy way to keep it all together. Shredded paper will get mixed up with the glass and affect the quality of the glass, and can make the glass unsuitable for recycling.
You can use shredded paper for pet or animal bedding. Or you can compost it at home. Another solution for recycling shredded paper is to put it into a paper bag or cereal box and take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Site and place it in the paper and card container.
Do I have to remove the windows from envelopes? No, these will be removed during the screening process at the paper mills
Do I have to remove staples from paper? No, these will be removed during the screening process at the paper mills.
Should I remove the plastic wrapper around junk mail and magazine supplements? Yes. The MRF is unable to automatically remove the plastic wrapper from these. Please remove the plastic wrapper and put this in your rubbish bin.
Should I remove the sellotape from wrapping paper and cardboard boxes? Yes. Please remove as much sellotape as possible. Small pieces of sellotape will be removed during the screening process at the paper mills.
Can I recycle all types of wrapping paper? You can only put paper based wrapping paper in your recycling bin. We CANNOT recycle metallic wrapping paper as it has a plastic lining on it.
Can I recycle my Yellow Pages? Yes, Yellow Pages and telephone directories can be put in your recycling bin.
Can I recycle paper cups, like take away coffee cups? Yes. Paper cups and paper take away coffee cups can be placed in your recycling bin. Please ensure no liquid remains in these cups. The plastic lids and plastic cups CANNOT be recycled.
Can I recycle cardboard containers, like Pringle tubes, that have a metal base? Yes, these can be placed in your recycling bin. Please remove the plastic lid first as the lids CANNOT be recycled.
Why can’t I recycle paper towels? Please do not put paper towels in your recycling bin. These are often coated with food leftovers and substances, which make the paper towel unsuitable for recycling.