From: Wonderful World
ORIGINAL: Lynn G.
Very funny answers everyone.
I'm not interested in the after-it's-ripped-open paper (although on Christmas that will matter again). Right now, as I'm wrapping, I have bits and pieces that are the cutaways and I have been putting them in recycling. But I don't want to muck up the system if the paper isn't recyclable. I'm conscientious that way.
Good for you Lynn.
The most marketable recyclables are Alum cans, Tin Cans, OCC(old corrogated cardboard), #8 News(newspapers w/inserts) then what is know as #6 new residential mix. This is where your wrapping paper comes into play. We also add magazines to this category, because the price is the same so there is not incentive to bale them separately. #6 can have no more than 15% contaminents(box board-cereal boxes, cake boxes, beer cases) so with that already a problem, as people think these items are desirable recyclables(they are not), it muddys the mix. Now in the metro, with a larger population base, they might be recycling the boxboard. The wrap though is pretty much a worthless product.
Go the extra mile, it's never crowded!