Paper and Cardboard


  • newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • white and colored paper (lined, copier, computer, staples OK)
  • mail and envelopes (any color, window envelopes OK)
  • paper bags
  • wrapping paper


  • soft-cover books, telephone books (paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings)
  • cardboard egg cartons and trays
  • smooth cardboard (food and shoes boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product  packaging)
  • corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)

Place all paper recyclables together in CLEAR bags, or in any bin labeled with GREEN recycling decals or marked “MIXED PAPER”. Or place in the white dumpster for paper recycling, if your building has one.)

Flatten and bundle large pieces of corrugated cardboard and tie with sturdy twine, or break into small pieces to place in your recycling bin or bag.

See how you can reduce your junk mail.

Don’t include the following with your paper recycling 

  • hardcover books
  • napkins, paper towels, or tissues
  • soiled paper plates
  • paper soiled with food or liquid
  • paper with a lot of tape and glue
  • plastic- or wax-coated paper (candy wrappers, take-out containers, etc.)
  • photographic paper

See why