How do you know if you can recycle wrapping paper?
Scrunch it and see!
When it comes to wrapping, steer clear of foil gift wrap and anything with added glitter. The ‘scrunch test’ will tell you if you can recycle it: crumple a piece of wrapping paper in your hand – if it unfolds when you open your hand, it can’t be recycled. Paper that stays scrunched up in a ball is safe to put in the recycling.
Follow this link from Recycle Now to see the scrunch test video in action!
Remember to recycle your wrapping paper without tape, bows, ribbons and glitter. You could try securing your gifts with ribbon or coloured string instead of tape or you can make gorgeous gift wrap from brown parcel paper or newspaper, tied with string or ribbon, adding natural decorations such as pine cones or sprigs of evergreen for a natural, rustic feel.
The ‘no glitter’ rule applies to greetings cards and Advent calendars, too. When you recycle them, remove the portions with glitter, remove ribbon, badges and other frills and take out batteries from musical cards – these should be recycled separately at supermarkets or Recycling Centres.