How to Recycle Waxed Paper

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How to Recycle Waxed Paper
Recycle waxed paper. (grunge paper pale paper image by Andrew Brown from

While recycling paper is a fairly simple prospect, recycling waxed paper is a different story. Because paper is mixed with water to make the recycling process work, no grease or oily substances can be present or the entire batch is ruined. As a result, since it is covered with wax which contains oil, waxed paper cannot truly be recycled in the literal sense. Instead, you can reuse waxed paper in a number of unique ways.

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  • Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Crayons
  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Wipe the waxed paper off with a damp cloth after use and save it to use again later.

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    Cut the waxed paper into circles, and crumple it a bit. Poke a hole through the middle with a green pipe cleaner to make a flower. Repeat several times to make a floral bouquet.

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    Have your kids colour on the waxed paper with crayons. Tape the finished artwork on a sunny window and pretend that it is stained glass.

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  4. 4

    Use waxed paper instead of shelf liner paper to line your kitchen or pantry shelves.

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    Buy "If You Care" waxed paper. The wax is made from soybeans. Although you can not recycle it, you can compost it.

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