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How to recycle photo paper

Updated April 17, 2017

In a world growing ever conscious of the needs of the environment and protecting the planet, recycling is viewed as a small but necessary you can do your part. While you can put most paper products in the recycling bin, you can find yourself at a loss at what to do with unwanted photo prints and photo paper, as these normally cannot be recycled. Through creativity and ingenuity you can find ways to avoid photo paper adding to your carbon footprint.

Check what kind of photo paper you are using. Some companies are beginning to develop recyclable photo paper, although this is not the norm currently. For example, the semigloss version of HP Everyday Photo Paper can be recycled.

Donate your photo paper to a local art or photography school, where it can be put to use.

Shred the photo paper and use it as a packing material in moving boxes, storage or in shipping fragile objects.

Ask friends and family if they can use the photo paper.

Offer the photo paper, if it has already been printed with pictures, to scrapbooking clubs or art clubs.

Ask your local library or town government offices if they can use the photo paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Photo paper
  • Scissors
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About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.