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Are Magazines Recyclable?


Recycle magazines

Yes! Magazines are 100% recyclable and accepted by many community utlity recycling programs. Usually you can just toss it in with your regular recycling.  Find out if your local curbside program collects magazines or where you can bring them at

Magazines are made from paper that is coated in kaolin clay and put through high pressure rollers. This process is called "supercalendering" and results in a buffed and glossy appearance.  Magazine paper can be recycled because the paper is not mixed with wax or other plastics. According to the Magazine Publishers of America, only 20 percent of magazines are recycled from the home, so start getting the word out to your friends. Recycled magazines can be found in cardboard, tissue paper, writing paper, and newspaper.

Reuse and Upcycling Ideas for Magazines: Even though they can be recycled, it is important to find reuse purposes for your magazines prior to tossing it in the recycle bin.

  1. Drop them off at local doctors offices, laundromats, residential homes, nursing homes, and hospices.
  2. Shred them and use them as filler when shipping packages (instead of hazardous styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap).
  3. Use them for craft projects such as collages or donate them to elementary schools for use in art projects. Check out the video below for one oif many art project ideas, creating magazine flowers.