Monday, February 19, 2018

Are Magazines Recyclable?

Magazines and catalogs are usually made of a higher weight paper with a glossy finish.

“Magazines are made from paper that's been buffed and coated to achieve a glossy appearance. Next, the paper is covered with a white clay that makes color photographs look more brilliant. The shiny appearance does not contaminate the paper at all.

About 45 percent of magazines are being recycled today. Recycled magazines are used to make newspaper, tissues, writing paper and paperboard.

Some consumers think glossy paper can't be recycled. That may have been true in the early days of recycling, but no longer. With today's recycling technology, nearly all community recycling programs accept glossy magazines and catalogs for recycling.”

Magazines and catalogs are also reusable in a sense. Several preschools, elementary schools and even daycares may accept donated magazines for the kids to use for various projects.

If you have unwanted magazines and catalogs, please consider recycling or donating them rather than throwing them into the trash.

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