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Paper Towels: Recyclable or Not? 5

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Do paper towels belong in your recycling container?

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  • Julie J. 15 days ago
    This is all very very Confusing to me! Can anyone post exactly what can be put in your curbside recycling bin? Also post what I can put in the veggie/fruit lawn compost bin? Thank you to any and all who answer this!
    • Andrea s. 8 days ago
      All your kitchen waste like vegatable trimmings and old fruits and veggies can be composted. Avoid bread, meat, sweets because these will attract pest. Lawn clippings, leaves, are all good for compost. Avoid weeds that have seeded. They provide carbon where as the organic kitchen waste provides nitrogen. Layer these types of compost and turn your pile weekly.
      Paper towels, plates, paper, newspaper (not color), and cardboard are also good carbon additives for your pile and can be composted. Avoid papers with color ink and any waxy materials like cups.

      Also if your area allows it or you are far enough away from city limits try a burn barral for items you dont want to send to the landfill (not plastics or styrofoam) most of our paper products go here and never make it to the bins.

      As for recycling I try and check the bottles specifically for recycling instructions. Think cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum, and glass. Any harder plastics or weird looking tubes double check if you can.
  • Jennifer P. 20 days ago
    My recycling company specifically says they recycle them when recycling was set up at work several years ago. Most of our trash in the bathroom is paper towels and a very tiny bag of non recyclable items. Does it depend on the recycling company?
  • Julie J. 1 month ago
    I didn't know you could compost paper towels? Can you compost the really used ones?
    • mary j. 26 days ago
      Yes. I put them in my worm bin (as long as it wasn't used for meat). If it was used for meat I put it in the yard waste bin along with pizza boxes etc that the city collects
    • Julie J. 15 days ago
      So if I use a paper towel or a napkin for breakfast, lunch etc.. then I put it in the same compost bin where I put veggie scraps and leaves? Or do I put it in the recycle ♻️ bin outside for pickup?
    • Andrea s. 8 days ago
      Compost bin with your veggies. It will act as a carbon just like your leaves. The veggies are your nitrogen and you actually want more carbon than nitrogen.
  • Sue C. 1 month ago
    Just as I thought. I don't recycle paper towel with regular recyclables. I do however; use it for the composting pile and choose to use unprinted paper towel so the inks don't end up in the compost as it breaks down over time. thank you for the post.
  • Marc R. 1 month ago
    Technically, the answer is "yes," but it would have to be a specialized recycling program, not curbside. I recall a few years ago using a restroom that had a special bin just for used paper towels for recycling. These towels had only been used to dry hands and, once dry, were just clean paper (no food/dirt/cleaning products). I would think that due to the already short fibers, their usefulness was limited to something like toilet paper. I'm not surprised this hasn't caught on. Better just to include these paper towels with dirty ones in compost.
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