December 25, 2013

Christmas wrapping paper only recyclable in some areas

In Greater Portland, ecomaine does recycle wrapping paper, says a member of ecomaine's board of directors.

By Kevin Spear
Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — Not even the recycling man wants wrapping paper once it has been ripped off a Christmas present.

The reason? Typical wrapping paper contains wimpy fibers, certain glues and additives that aren’t good for new paper.

That’s the message from Jimmy Rodriguez, manager of the region’s largest recycling center at the Orange County, Fla., landfill.

When Rodriguez’s sorting equipment fills with colorful wrapping paper this time of year, his employees grab and toss all they can down the reject chute.

In fact, if paper mills find too much Christmas wrapping in a bundle of recycled paper they either won’t buy it at all or they will pay less for it, he said.

In Greater Portland, ecomaine does recycle wrapping paper, says Troy Moon, a member of ecomaine's board of directors.

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