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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

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Recycling: paper

You can recycle most paper

Types of paper you can recycle

Yes please

  • ​newspapers and supplements
  • magazines
  • books
  • brochures and catalogues
  • white printing or computer paper
  • letters
  • shredded paper
  • junk mail and flyers
  • envelopes (including those with a window)
  • greeting cards (remove batteries from musical cards)

No thanks

  • ​paper stained with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt
  • greaseproof or baking paper
  • kids paintings
  • hygiene and sanitary products (for example, nappies, wet wipes, sanitary towels, used paper towels, cotton wool and make up pads)
  • non-paper gift wrap or bags (for example, foil-based gift wrapping, crisp or sweet packets or wrappers)
  • wrapping paper and gift wrap
  • wallpaper and decoration paper
  • brown paper (this can be recycled with cardboard)
  • tissues and tissue paper

How you can recycle paper

Your paper can be recycled at various recycling points. Some parishes also provide paper kerbside recycling.

Remove the covers of hardback books before recycling. The covers can be recycled with cardboard.

Telephone directories can be recycled at La Collette.

Separate all free gifts and plastic from mail before recycling it. Dispose of the plastic with your general waste.

Remove any loose sticky tape from paper before you recycle it.

Where you can dispose of paper

How you can reduce or reuse paper

​Paperback books can be passed on to someone else through car boot sales or charity shops.


Good to know

  • paper is sent to the UK to be processed and sold on to create recycled paper products
  • create a demand for your waste paper by buying products made from recycled material
  • it takes 17 trees to make a tonne of paper. For every tonne of paper that is recycled, enough electricity is saved to run an average 3 bedroom house for a year
  • do the scrunch test to check whether your paper can be recycled. Scrunch the paper in your hand. If it springs back open it’s not recyclable and you should put it in your general waste

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