Recycling gift wrapping materials: the dos and don’ts

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This is a photo of flattened wrapping paper. There is a green checkmark next to the paper. This is the RIRRC's recommended way to recycle wrapping paper.(RIRRC Facebook)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With Christmas quickly approaching, you may be wondering how to dispose of wrapping materials in the most environmentally-friendly fashion.

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has a variety of tips.

One of their most important tips, the organization said, is to resist the temptation to bunch wrapping paper into balls.

Instead, flatten all recyclable paper so it gets properly sorted at the Materials Recycling Facility.

Additionally, it’s important to know the kind of wrapping material you have before adding it to your recycling.

Mylar foil wrap or cellophane wrap are not recyclable and must be disposed of in the trash.

Ribbons, bows and tinsels are also not recyclable.

Reusing these items is an environmentally-friendly option. If you don’t want to keep them, throw them in the trash.

Many toys come in something called “blister packages.”

These packages are recyclable — it just takes a quick modification.

Remove the cardboard backing and flatten it. Once separated, the plastic container and the cardboard can be recycled.

The RIRRC noted that the plastic and cardboard must be recycled separately.

There are many ways to reduce the amount of waste you produce. For more information, visit the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation’s website.

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