Departamento del Medio Ambiente de San Francisco

How do I recycle specialty gift wrap like tissue paper or shiny wrapping paper?

Tissue paper should always be composted. Tissue paper is usually made out of recycled paper, therefore the fibers are already shortened to the point where it cannot be recycled again.

Shiny wrapping paper can be recycled in the blue bin, but avoid purchasing shiny wrapping paper as it leaves metallic flecks in the paper recycling process. 

There are many alternatives to shiny wrapping paper!

  • Get creative and wrap gifts in newspaper, old maps, or kids’ drawings
  • Try our SF Environment favorite and give two gifts in one by wrapping your presents in a reusable bag
  • Give presents in reusable gift bags
  • Purchase post-consumer recycled wrapping paper

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