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A Recycling Refresher To Kickstart Your New Year

As we welcome in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to make resolutions that not only benefit ourselves but also contribute to a healthier planet. One simple yet impactful resolution you can make is to revamp and refresh your recycling habits.

We have a guide to help you on your journey towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle (with paper!).

Impressive Recycling Rates

Did you know that an astonishing 71% of paper and 82% of paper-based packaging in Europe is recycled? It is one of the highest recycling rates of any material in Europe!*

These numbers showcase the commitment of individuals and businesses alike towards sustainable practices. But how can you do your bit towards a sustainable future?

How Can You Change Your Recycling Habits?

  1. Set Clear Goals

Begin the New Year by setting achievable recycling goals. Aim to increase your paper and general recycling efforts, such as properly sorting and recycling all paper products in your home or office.

  1. Stay Informed

Knowledge is power. Being aware of local recycling programs and guidelines in your area is a great way to make sure you are doing your bit to be your best sustainable self this year. Check with your local council for specific recycling details as it may differ per county.

  1. Invest In Recycling Bins

Make recycling convenient by placing designated bins for paper and paper-based packaging in key locations. For example, having a kitchen caddy near to where you prepare your meals or by the front/back door where your recycling bins will be. This will ensure you don’t have to make an extra effort to recycle. TIP: Having separate bins for recyclables and general waste will make it easier for you and those around you to make eco-friendly choices.

What Can And Can’t Be Recycled?

Understanding what can and cannot be recycled is crucial for effective recycling.
Here’s a quick guide. You can print this and put it on the wall to refer to!


  • Cardboard and Paper: Flatten cardboard boxes and recycle newspapers, magazines, and office paper.
  • Card and Cartons: Greetings cards and food cartons are recyclable.
  • Envelopes: Most envelopes are recyclable, including those with windows.

Paper-based Packaging: Packaging materials made from paper, such as corrugated cardboard, can also be recycled.

Not Recyclable

  • Dirty or Greasy Paper: Pizza boxes with food residue are not recyclable.
  • Tissues and Paper Towels: These items are usually not accepted in recycling bins.
  • Sticky Notes: Although made of paper, these often contain adhesives that can contaminate recycling streams.

What Happens If You Don’t Put The Correct Things In The Right Bin?

When inappropriate items are placed in bins, there is a risk of contaminating other items within the bin and even the entire load on the collection lorry. This contamination may result in the damage of some items, rendering them ineligible for recycling.

If you follow the tips above, you can be sure that you are doing your bit towards a sustainable future.

If you want more recycling facts, click here:
*[Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI, 2021) and Eurostat, 2020].

The Paper Fact File

Paper is one of the most sustainable and recycled materials in the world!

Visit the Paper Fact File to discover the facts about paper’s sustainable attributes. Some might surprise you!