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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- Green pipe cleaners
Wipe the waxed paper off with a damp cloth after use and save it to use again later.
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.
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.
Use waxed paper instead of shelf liner paper to line your kitchen or pantry shelves.
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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