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Are Stickers Recyclable?

Are stickers recyclable

No, stickers ARE NOT generally recyclable.


The sticky adhesive ("pressure-sensitive adhesives" or PSA) on stickers gets caught in recycling equipment.  Therefore, stickers and paper with stickers on it should not be thrown in the recycling bin.  Also avoid putting envelopes with sticky address labels on them in the recycling.  The only exception, according to the EPA, is Post-It Sticky Notes which have been engineered to break downs easily during the recycling process.  The laminated paper that stickers come on is also not recyclable, as it contains layers of both plastics and paper.

So, what should you do with those old stickers? Cut them off of the paper and reuse them using glue or tape. Also, check out some great reuse craft ideas in the video below.

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