How to Recycle Envelopes

March 22, 2011 | By | Comments (1)

If you work in an office or have an office at home, you likely have a variety of envelopes floating around. Some of them can just be tossed in the recycling bin, and some require one extra step.

 

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Here's what you need to know to recycle each type of envelope.

 

Envelopes with plastic windows: They can actually go in with regular paper. Filters in the recycling system will remove the plastic film of the window.

 

FedEx: Paper FedEx envelopes can be recycled, and there’s no need to pull off the plastic sleeve. 

 

Goldenrod: Unfortunately, these brightly colored envelopes (frequently used for inter-office envelopes) aren't recyclable because of the hard-to-remove dye. If you have a choice, opt for white, light-colored, or recycled envelopes.

 

Jiffy Paks: Many Jiffy envelopes―even the paper-padded ones filled with that material resembling dryer lint―are recyclable with other mixed papers, like cereal boxes. The exception: Goldenrod-colored envelopes must be tossed.

 

Padded envelopes with Bubble Wrap: These can’t be recycled; try reusing them instead.

 

Tyvek (most commonly FedEx Paks): DuPont, the maker of Tyvek, takes these envelopes back and recycles them into plastic lumber. Turn one envelope inside out and stuff others inside it. Mail them to Tyvek Recycle, Attention: Shirley B. Wright, 2400 Elliham Avenue #A, Richmond VA 23237. If you have large quantities (200 to 500), call 866-338-9835 to order a free pouch.

 

For more tips on how to recycle just about anything, check out our A-to-Z Recycling Guide.

 

Related:

Where to Donate Your Used Items

How to Set Up a Recycling System

New Uses for Recyclable Items

 

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