How to recycle photo paper

Written by michelle barry
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How to recycle photo paper
Photographs cannot be broken down the same way as paper. (photograph this !!! image by blaQ from

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.

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  • Photo paper
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    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

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