Yes, we’re very proud to say that you can recycle our personalised wrapping paper! Pretty Gifted paper is fully repulpable and recyclable, even with the foils and metallic effects on them.
But beware, not all wrapping paper is recyclable…
If you’re an environmentally conscientious person, you probably check food packaging as standard to establish which bin to put your waste into, and at Christmas, you’re probably looking at a huge pile of giftwrap and wondering ‘is this recyclable?’
You’re not alone, it’s become such a big question that the Daily Mail dedicated a 2 page spread to the ‘Ultimate guide to recycling your ENTIRE Xmas’ on 29th December 2017 and they explain that;
“If every sheet of wrapping paper used this Christmas were laid end to end, they would stretch 227,000 miles, enough to circle the world nine times.”
So there’s a huge environmental impact as a result, and you’re right to wonder the best way to minimise the negative effect of landfill when it’s not necessary. We do too!
Generally speaking, most wrapping paper is made of a low grade of paper stock, which has been coated with plastic, wax or aluminium foil, or maybe it has been dyed, or contains non-paper additives, like glitter. Recycling these would not be cost effective for council waste departments and so goes into landfill.
The quickest way for you to decide whether to recycle your wrapping paper (or put into the general waste bin) is to do the ‘Scrunch Test’ as Santa Claus demonstrates in this video from Recycle Now:
As we’re in ‘Eco-Warrior’ mode, we thought we’d offer some extra tips to recycle successfully at Christmas time:
- Some councils will allow regular giftwrap to be put into your recycling bin, whereas others may ask for it to be taken to the local recycling centre instead. It’s easy to find out, simply put your postcode in this Recycle Now website.
- Remove all sellotape from wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and put the tape into the general waste bin – unfortunately this can’t be recycled.
- Collect Christmas gift wrapping embellishments and put into two piles, one to save for future gifts, like pretty ribbon, string, handmade bows and stick on stars, and a second pile for the general waste bin,
- Around 1 billion Christmas cards are sent each year. As you take them down, consider taking them to your household waste recycling centre or to a collection bank in a supermarket. Or, if you’re crafty, use pinking scissors to cut out pretty scenes and cute animals, punch holes in the corners and thread with leftover ribbons from the embellishments (see above) and ta daaa, you have some tags ready for next Christmas.
- We cut down 6 million real Christmas trees each December. These trees are fully recyclable, and can be turned into chippings for parks and woodland areas. Some councils collect them from your roadside, and some have drop off points. You can find out how to recycle Christmas trees in your area. Remember to remove tinsel and decorations! Artificial Christmas trees are not recyclable, however, some charity shops will accept them.
- If you’ve done a good job of eating the chocolate in your advent calendar, remove the plastic tray from the cardboard outer. Put the cardboard into your recycling bin and treat the plastic as you would with plastic food packaging.
- Finally, fairy lights should never go into your household waste, they should be treated like ‘waste electrical and electronic equipment’ and dropped in to your local recycling point.
Thank you for taking an interest in whether wrapping paper can be recycled.
At Pretty Gifted, we put environmental issues like this high on our agenda. We’re a forward thinking business; considering our impact on future generations and our beautiful planet.
For more information about recycling paper items like wrapping paper, check out the Recycle Now website.