How much of your mail remains unopened and contributes to waste? The best way to avoid this in the future is to get your name removed from the mailing list. However, even when you do this, you will still be getting some of this mail. We suggest that you should recycle it and contribute to a noble cause.
What is the best part of recycling junk mail? For the most part, it is all paper, which is one of the easiest materials to recycle. Look around in your area and you will come across a large number of recycling companies and programs which take paper.
Mail can be divided into different paper types. We will take a look at how we can recycle some of them.
A lot of your mail will comprise of standard paper such as letters, flyers and other corresponding documents. You can easily place this in a recycling bin from where the local recycling company will transport it to a paper recycling company. All the paper will be converted into pulp, which will be used again to make new paper.
But before you toss all this paper in a bin, you need to make sure it does not contain items like plastic or return address labels. If that is the case, remove these items and then send the paper for recycling. One more thing to take note of: if any of these contain your personal information, shred it into pieces. Other than this, do not shred anything else because shredded paper is more difficult to recycle.
Do you get coupons or some ad offers in your mail? Most of these will be printed on cardboard, which is heavier than the regular paper and has a glossier finish. You can put this material in a bin or take it to a recycling center.
Generally, envelopes can be placed into your local recycling bin, even the ones that have a little plastic window. Nearly every recycling program can take care of this if the plastic is used in a minimum amount.
Please note that there are padded envelopes as well which contain cotton or plastic batting. These cannot be recycled, but you probably do not receive many of them in your mail.
Catalogs are also accepted by most of the recycling programs out there. But if you have kids, they can be reused for a number of different art projects.