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Can Napkins Be Recycled If They Aren't Soiled?

By Recyclebank |

You know dirty paper napkins aren’t recyclable, but what about clean ones?


The shorter the paper fibers in a paper product, the less viable it is for recycling. Tissue paper, paper napkins, and paper towels all have shorter fibers that work for their intended use, but aren’t desirable for recycling them into other paper products. Paper napkins contaminate other quality recycling papers, so keep napkins and paper towels out of your recycle container.

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  • Chris S. 3 years ago
    I didn't know that about napkins.
  • Aimee J. 3 years ago
    did not know!!
  • Diane Lynn W. 3 years ago
    Thank you for the information about recycling napkins,, paper towels, and tissues. I tried to educate my family about this, but they laughed at me and said I don't know what I'm talking about. Now, I can show them this educational information in hopes that they will stop. Thank you so very, very much!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mel H. 3 years ago
    Compost Them! Our retail establishments have to many loop holes in the FDA requirements for notices. Labels mean interpretation!! Namaste.
  • Elizabeth W. 3 years ago
    I just want to mention to make sure there isn’t any confusion. A lot of the napkins I’ve gotten from some of the fast food places say on the. Made with recycled paper/ or pulp. So it tends to make you think if it is already made with recycled pulp or paper it shouldn’t cause any harm. I do agree composting is probally the faster way and better way.
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