Wrapping Paper

Paper Recycling

Wrapping Year-Round

Wrapping paper in good condition can be folded neatly and stored for reuse at your next celebration or holiday. When buying wrapping paper, consider options that are less holiday-specific so the gift wrap is easier to reuse for multiple occasions. 


Metallic Paper Is Not Recyclable

Wrapping paper that is shiny, or contains foil and metallic pieces, cannot be recycled due to the mix of materials.

Gift Bow

Remove Bows and Ribbons

If you’re planning to recycle the wrapping paper, remember to remove all bows and ribbons because they cannot be recycled. Bows and ribbons can be thrown in the trash.


No Tissue Paper

Tissue paper is made out of very short fibers from recycled paper, so it’s not valuable enough to recycle. Find out what to do with tissue paper.

Tape Dispenser

Tape Is OK

You can recycle wrapping paper that has tape attached to it. It is a small contaminant that does not interfere with the recycling process.

Choose Recycled Paper

Instead of using paper made with virgin fibers, wrap your gifts in newspaper or brown paper with 100 percent recycled content.

Ways to Reduce


Newspaper Wrapping

Wrap your gifts in newspaper instead of metallic wrapping paper. This reduces waste because you’re reusing the newspaper and not purchasing anything that’s non-recyclable.

Did You Know?

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Gift Wrapping Waste

How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. 38 million miles of ribbon are discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.