Dear Recyclebank: Are business cards, paint color swatches, brochures and other flyers recyclable?
Dear Neva: As you know, paper is not just one thing. There’s office paper, business-card paper in multiple colors and weights, glossy brochures, paint swatches, and many different types of each of those. Fortunately, business cards, advertising flyers, and similar card stock can be placed in the same recycling container as newsprint, magazines, and corrugated cardboard. Most recycling services offer curbside pickup for paper and cardboard as long as the paper isn’t thermal receipt paper, and doesn’t contain grease, wax, paint, or aluminum.
Modern life offers a variety of paper communication tools, so it is easy to amass a small fortune of printed materials at-home and in the office.
It is estimated that the US uses sixty-eight million trees each year making products, and paper still makes up the largest portion of the municipal-solid-waste (MSW) stream.
Sustainability initiatives are being created with the intent to recover 70 percent of paper products by 2020. Many paper products can be recovered up to seven times before strength and durability are lost, so recycling paper is an effective way to conserve resources, and reduce landfilling. You can do your part by making a point to recycle all the paper you can from your home and office.
You can take your environmental participation a step further by ensuring you purchase paper products that are responsibly sourced. This is especially important with helping to maintain paper-production transparency. Simply look for products that are marked with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal. This means the paper product has been made from forests that are managed responsibly.
Recycling printed matter is a simple, yet effective way to make the most use out of trees that have already been converted into printed material.