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How to Recycle Acetate Transparencies

Updated February 21, 2017

3M operates an acetate transparencies recycling program for its customers who use the clear film sheets. Acetate transparencies are often used with an overhead projector. Although some businesses and schools may have a separate recycling program for items such as ink and toner cartridges, many send their discarded transparencies to 3M for recycling. For example, the state of California, Clark County Washington, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all instruct residents, employees and students to send their transparencies to 3M for recycling.

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  1. Go to the 3M Recycle Program page in the Resources section below to print out an optional shipping label.

  2. Place used transparencies in an envelope large enough to hold them. 3M's recycling partner accepts any type of transparency film and there is no minimum or maximum number of transparencies allowed.

  3. Attach the shipping label to the envelope or write the following address on the front of the envelope.

  4. 3M Recycle Program

  5. c/o Gemark

  6. 99 Stevens Lane

  7. Exeter, PA 18643

  8. Include a return address with your name or company name so the recycling company can keep track of which regions the transparencies are received from for statistical purposes.

  9. Take the envelope to the post office and mail the transparencies using any shipping class of your choice.

  10. Tip

    If privacy is an issue, the transparencies may be shredded before shipping.


    Do not include any paper in the envelope with the transparencies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Envelope
  • Postage

About the Author

Christine Bryant has been a writer for more than 10 years, working in the newspaper and magazine industries in the Richmond, Va., Chicago and Columbus, Ohio areas. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

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