How to recycle laminated paper

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How to recycle laminated paper
"Recycle" laminated paper by reusing it. (Recycle image by sarkee from Fotolia.com)

Recycling and reusing would-be trash reduces the impact of household waste on the environment. Laminated paper cannot be recycled in the usual way, by a recycling plant. But you can recycle the paper by reusing it yourself at home. There are many ways to reuse the paper so that it becomes a useful material in your home rather than sitting in a land fill.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Self adhesive magnetic tape
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase markers
  • Tissue or paper towel

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Instructions

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    Cut two 3-inch strips of self adhesive magnetic tape with scissors.

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    Remove the paper backing from the adhesive side of the tape and stick the strips onto the coloured side of a sheet of high-gloss laminated paper. Place one at each side, or place them at the top and bottom.

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    Place the paper so the magnets stick onto a metal surface, such as a refrigerator or locker. Use dry erase markers to write notes or goals on the white side of the laminated paper. Wipe the marker off with a tissue or dry paper towel.

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    Lay sheets of laminated paper over your workspace.

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    Tape the paper in place with masking tape to protect your work surface from glue or paint.

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    Remove the paper after using your workspace. Wipe it down if it is a glossy laminated paper, or just allow matt laminated paper to dry.

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    Cut your laminated paper into strips with scissors, or cut out images from the printed design.

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    Glue the images onto homemade greeting cards or other paper projects.

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    Shred your remaining laminated paper into thin strips and use them as gift- or Easter-basket filler.

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