How to recycle your paper bags over the Christmas period

Getting on top of your recycling can be a challenge no matter how big your household is. Whilst many think that almost all waste is recyclable, there are certain rules to follow in order to make sure it gets to the correct place. Paper bags are an environmentally sustainable product that can be repurposed into paper pulp, fertilizer and other goods. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure your paper bag is reused and recycled over the festive period.

  • Make a conscious effort to reuse paper bottle bags

Those of us who drink are often flooded with a variety of different alcoholic beverages over the Christmas period. This inevitably leads to a buildup of paper bottle bags which end up around our house.

When it comes to dealing with these paper bags we recommend the reusability route. If you are buying drinks for someone, why not repurpose your old bottle bags before you buy some new ones? This will save you some money and the environment some headache.

  • Use paper bags as part of your packaging when sending parcels

Buying gifts for large families that live separately often leads to the challenge of getting your presents to them. If you are sending your products a long way it is crucial that you keep them in good condition for the person you are buying the present for. This is where your old paper bags come in. If you find yourself short on bubble wrap shredding your paper bags will help you to secure the package.

  • Try and reuse paper bags at all the different stages of your Christmas shopping

As many experts on pollution have testified, the key to keeping your use of carrier bags sustainable is to ensure you reuse them plenty of times. One of the easiest (and most cost-effective) ways to save your paper bags from the landfill is to reuse them during your Christmas gift shopping. This method will be easy so long as you buy high-quality paper bags, to begin with.

  • When your paper bags are beyond repair, make sure they are properly recycled

As shown there are a variety of options you have when it comes to finding new uses for your paper bags. However, if you cannot find a way to reuse them, it is important that you recycle them properly. If there are any non-paper based materials on the bag make sure these are removed before you put it in the paper recycled bin. This will help ensure the bag is properly processed at the recycling plant.