Paper Recycling

Recycling paper saves space in landfills, protects our natural resources, and promotes overall sustainability.

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Paper is easily recycled and can become new books, egg cartons, building insulation, boxes and even sheetrock!

Examples of paper you can recycle:

  • Newspaper
  • Mail and magazines
  • Notebook paper
  • Scrap paper

Guidelines for Recycling Paper

Understanding how to recycle paper is important.


  • Make sure paper pieces are larger than a credit card.
  • Remove all staples and paper clips.
  • Remove the plastic windows from envelopes.


  • No to-go cups or paper plates soiled with food.
  • No tissue paper or embellished wrapping paper.
  • No paper towels and napkins.
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Did You Know?

  • Paper accounts for about half of all recyclables in the U.S. by weight.
  • More than 5,000 products can be made from recycled paper including kitty litter, bandages and lampshades.
  • About 69 million tons of paper are used in the U.S. each year.

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency, last updated September 2020

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Technology + Recycling = the Perfect Duo

At Republic Services, we’re integrating highly advanced sorting technologies to recognize and sort materials quickly. Balers, or industrial compacting machines, can bale up to 50 tons of paper an hour, with one bale weighing up to 2500 pounds. Optical scanners separate paper from plastics in milliseconds using near-infrared technology.

Join Us on a Recycling Center Tour

Take a virtual tour through one of our state-of-the-art recycling centers and see how your recyclables are sorted and baled to be turned into new products.

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Recycling Made Easy

Recycling helps keep valuable materials in the circular economy longer, putting less strain on our environment. Get tips on how to properly recycle each item:

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Recycling 101

The more you know, the bigger impact you can make.

Recycling plays an important role in protecting our planet. Discover how easy and impactful it is. Our planet is precious. Let’s protect it together.

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At Republic Services, we’re dedicated to creating a cleaner, safer, healthier world for all. Millions of customers rely on us for products and services that protect our environment and the communities we serve.

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