Dear Neva: In general, the ink used on a piece of paper won’t affect its recyclability, though there are exceptions.
When it’s processed during recycling, paper undergoes a process called deinking, which cleans the fibers of ink so they can be made into new paper.
Can you recycle paper with ink on it?
Most areas do collect paper for recycling. The paper gets chopped up into pulp. In principle, paper can be composted as well, but the fibres are usually bleached, which already introduces some chemicals into the paper. Most inks also contain harmful chemicals, so composting might not be the best idea.
Can printer paper be recycled?
Recycling. This most basic type of paper is most definitely recyclable. If you’ve printed on it, written on it, or drawn on it, throw it into your recycling bin. Make sure to include paper from older printers, too (like the kind with those tiny hole punches along the edge).
What type of papers can be recycled?
When you break that number down by population, roughly 334 pounds of paper is recycled for every person in the United States.
- Corrugated Cardboard.
- Office Paper.
- Paper Cardboard Dairy and Juice Cartons.
- Unsolictied Direct Mail.
- Phone Books.
Can you recycle highlighted paper?
Paper is a valuable recyclable material but only when it is clean. Remove any plastic wrapping from newspapers and magazines – this can be recycled with plastic bags at larger supermarkets. If you scrunch paper and it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled.