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Is Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

by Toni Olukiran

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With birthdays always round the corner, as well as big events and holidays, it’s no surprise we all use a lot of wrapping paper each year. So is it recyclable? Read on for everything you need to know. 

The very brief history of wrapping paper

While wrapping paper on presents and gifts is very much a part of the modern-day, it was actually first documented in ancient China in the 2nd Century BC. However Rollie and Joyce Hall, the founders of notorious card and gifting giant Hallmark, have completely modernised the way in which we now consider gifting anything, and wrapping paper is commonly used for most gifts.

Can you recycle wrapping paper?

This is a tricky one, and the answer is: it depends. Some recycled paper mills don’t accept wrapping paper, which means that whether or not you can recycle your wrapping paper depends on what your local council policy is. Wrapping paper often contains foil, glitter, and other microplastics which mean that they can’t be fully recycled, so it’s best to check what your local council says. Simple paper wrapping can be recycled though, so perhaps seek this out the next time you’re gifting something!

Let us know any questions you may have below!

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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