San Francisco Department of the Environment

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

Shiny wrapping paper can usually be recycled in the blue bin. Avoid purchasing or recycling wrapping materials with metallic finishes or made with plastic. 

Tissue paper should be composted. Tissue paper fibers are too short to be recycled again.

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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