Why can’t wrapping paper be recycled?

Our recycling contractor does not accept wrapping paper. The materials that go into making wrapping paper often lead to the paper not being accepted at paper mills.

  • Wrapping paper is heavily dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as glitter and plastics that cannot be recycled;
  • Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains very few good quality fibres for recycling;
  • Unacceptable materials are often mixed with wrapping paper such as sticky tape, foil wrapping, bubble wrap, ribbons, bows and tissue paper.

A full list of unacceptable blue box items is available here: http://www.sarnia.ca/living-here/garbage-and-recycling/recycling-guidelines