How to Recycle Notebook Paper


Spiral notebooks are used for school-related homework projects, in work applications to take meeting notes and at home for writing projects. Although these notebooks are often thrown away when the paper has all been used, the components can be separated and recycled -- saving natural resources and keeping waste out of landfills.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutter
  • Remove the metal coil from the notebook. Place the notebook on a table with the coil hanging over the edge. Snip off the crimped portions at each end using a wire cutter and pull the metal through the holes in the notebook until the coil is removed.

  • Recycle the metal coil. If you have curbside recycling that accepts metal, place the coil with your regular recycling for pickup. If you do not have curbside recycling for metal, take the coil to a recycling facility that accepts it.

  • Recycle the back cardboard section of the notebook. If you have curbside recycling that accepts cardboard, place the back of the notebook with your regular recycling for pickup. Otherwise take it to a recycling facility.

  • Recycle the notebook paper. If you have curbside recycling that accepts paper, place it with your regular recycling for pickup. If not, take the paper to a recycling facility.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shred the notebook paper before recycling if you are concerned about privacy issues.
  • Visit Earth and use the search feature at the top of the page to find a nearby facility that accepts the material you are trying to recycle.

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