Are Newspapers Recyclable? 📰: In this blog, we determine whether you can recycle your old, unwanted newspapers or not. Continue reading this blog to learn more.


I kid you not when I say that information is the most essential. And when we mention the word information, newspapers probably comes first or second to mind. Of course, the internet has already taken this title for many, but I can attest that some people still get their info from newspapers. I, for example, do!

Even when I was just a kid, I am already well-aware of the information-filled newspapers. I even joined our school press back then as a sports writer – learning sports lingo that I still use to this day, proper grammar that I still continue to improve on up until this day and plenty more. Journalism is what made me pursue a writing career later in my life. I have so much newspapers in my house that I already lost count of how many I have years ago!

But, what if you were in my shoes? What if you hate the feeling of having too much newspapers in your place? Or, what if you are an environmentalist concerned with where your newspapers might go and how it may impact the environment? What should you do?

Of course, the answer that comes first to mind is to recycle newspapers. But, are newspapers recyclable? Yes or no? Below, we delve deeper and ‘share the news’ with you.


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Are newspapers recyclable? Yes, they are!

As someone who loves the environment, you have to educate yourselves on what effects certain items might cause to the environment. Newspapers can become quite a menace to the environment due to their sheer numbers.

Good news, however: you can trust us (maybe or maybe not as much as newspaper publications) when we say that you can indeed recycle your newspapers. As everybody already knows at this point, newspapers, of course, are made from paper, and paper is widely believed to be recyclable. You can easily recycle newspapers through plenty of kerbside recycling programs.


When are newspapers not considered recyclable?

Are there some newspapers that are not recyclable?

Answer: yes. Usually, you cannot recycle contaminated newspapers or those coated with plastics. However, you would not see too many of plastic-coated newspapers. Contaminated newspapers, especially, should not be placed in the recycling bin along with other recyclables.

Common contaminants of newspapers include food, grease, oil or coffee.

If you encounter any newspapers smeared with these kinds of contaminants, then you should just throw them in your general waste bin. Or, you could cut off the contaminated parts and proceed to recycle your newspapers – that is the more viable option if possible.

Even newspapers wet from water?

What about wet newspapers? What we mean is newspaper that is simply wet from water – can we recycle them?

Answer: yes, we can! For example, you can still recycle any wet newspaper that was sitting in the rain.


What about composting?

Now that we know we can recycle newspaper, do we also have the option of composting it if we want to?

The answer to that would be yes – paper is compostable. Almost every form of pure paper, you can compost. Even if the newspapers are printed with inks, you can still compost them without worrying about contamination. Usually, newspapers of today are printed with plant-based inks, so you should avoid throwing them in the rubbish bin that results into them going into landfill and make sure to compost them.


If newspapers are recyclable, then what about the plastic bag wrapped around them?

A common form of protecting newspapers nowadays is by covering them with plastic bags and film packaging.

Answer: yes, you can also recycle plastic bags and film packaging of recyclable newspapers. You can bring them to grocery stores as they usually accept plastic bags, films and wraps for recycling. Check out our blog on supermarket recycling for the environment to learn more.


Why recycle paper (or anything in general, really)?

We have already stated this in our blog on glossy magazine recycling, but we want to double it down with you:

In Australia, Australian businesses and households combined produce more than a million tonnes of paper waste each year. That is a significant amount of paper waste and should be addressed properly.

So, we provide you with two heavy reasons why you should recycle your newspapers below.

  1. It provides your area with some much-needed space. Unbeknownst to others, space is one of the most valuable commodity you should have in your area. May it be in your house or office, you will always need space. Gathering too much newspapers will leave your area lacking of space. Recycling them should give you some breathing room and free up space.
  2. Recycling glossy magazines reduces pollution. Improper disposal of items will pollute the environment. Make sure to recycle your newspapers to reduce pollution.

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