Can Christmas Wrapping Paper Be Recycled?

can christmas wrapping paper be recycled

As the festive season approaches, a mountain of Christmas wrapping paper becomes an inevitable part of celebrations. Did you know that an estimated 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is used in the UK every Christmas? 

With such staggering numbers, it’s crucial to understand the recyclability of Christmas wrapping paper and how we, at Bailey’s Skip Hire & Recycling, can help in making your festive season more environmentally friendly.

Understanding the Types of Wrapping Paper

Not all types of wrapping paper can be recycled. The recyclability depends on the materials used in the wrapping paper. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Dyed, Laminated, or Glittery Paper: Unfortunately, these are often not recyclable due to their mixed materials.
  • Brown Paper: This is a great eco-friendly wrapping option as it is fully recyclable and can go straight into your recycling bin.
  • Recycled and Recyclable Paper: Look for labels stating that the paper is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.
  • Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap: Consider using alternative wrapping methods such as reusable bags or a piece of fabric for an eco-friendly approach.

The Scrunch Test

A simple way to check if Christmas wrapping paper is recyclable is the ‘scrunch test’. Simply scrunch the paper in your hand – if it stays scrunched, it can generally be recycled. Remember to remove any ribbons and bows, as these are not recyclable.

Eco-Friendly Alternatives

  • Wrap Presents with Reusable Materials: Consider using fabric wraps, reusable bags, or even brown paper jazzed up with natural twine or stamps.
  • Eco-Friendly Wrapping Options: Seek out wrapping paper that is specifically designed to be recycled and recyclable.

Bailey’s Skip Hire & Recycling Christmas Skip Hire

At Bailey’s Skip Hire & Recycling, we offer skip hire for a wide range of household recycling materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic, garden waste and other materials. Our goal is to make recycling as convenient and efficient as possible for our customers. This is why we recycle all of the contents collected in our skips.

Over Christmas, you may decide to spruce up your home, complete a clear-out or take on a new refurbishment. With our help, we can provide skips to manage your waste and remove materials quickly and efficiently from your home or business. 


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