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Welcome to our Ultimate Guide To Recycling Envelopes. Whether you’re looking to find out how or where to recycle envelopes or which supermarkets accept plastic envelopes for recycling, you’ll find it here.

Did you know that most envelopes CAN be recycled? With so many different types of envelope such as coloured paper, window envelopes, padded mailers etc. there is often confusion as to whether they can or cannot be recycled.  As a society we are becoming more and more aware of environmental concerns. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and do our bit to preserve the planet for future generations. Here’s our guide to where to and how to recycle all types of envelope.

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    Are envelopes recyclable?

    Yes, most envelopes can be recycled. The type of envelope you have will determine how to recycle and also the area you live in can affect too. This may seem odd, but different local authorities have differing facilities. Most areas accept paper envelopes in their household recycling collections, but a few UK councils are unable to offer this service kerbside. This is because they may not have the equipment to screen out the adhesive glue on envelopes. If this is the case, you can instead take to your nearest paper bank (find your nearest via the Recycle Now website). Or alternatively you can tear off the flap and pop the remaining paper into your recycling!

  • Recycle

    Why should I recycle envelopes?

    Recycling is important. Lifestyle changes in modern times have resulted in a huge amount of rubbish and waste, causing a massive negative impact on the environment. Landfill sites take up space and give off dangerous gasses leading to pollution and much of the waste takes many years to decompose, endangering wildlife and polluting oceans.

    By recycling we can decrease the number of landfill sites and preserve natural resources for future generations. Using recycled materials also requires much less energy than manufacturing with unprocessed materials. Recycling paper saves around 60% of the energy needed compared to using raw materials!

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    Can you recycle envelopes with plastic windows?

    If your envelope has a plastic address window it CAN still be recycled. Modern recycling machinery is well equipped to handle this with heating elements that melt adhesives and screen out the plastic windows.

    If your household paper recycling accepts envelopes, you do not need to remove the address window - just pop the whole envelope into your paper recycling.

  • Recycle

    Are envelopes recyclable?

    Yes, most envelopes can be recycled. The type of envelope you have will determine how to recycle and also the area you live in can affect too. This may seem odd, but different local authorities have differing facilities. Most areas accept paper envelopes in their household recycling collections, but a few UK councils are unable to offer this service kerbside. This is because they may not have the equipment to screen out the adhesive glue on envelopes. If this is the case, you can instead take to your nearest paper bank (find your nearest via the Recycle Now website). Or alternatively you can tear off the flap and pop the remaining paper into your recycling!

  • Recycle

    Why should I recycle envelopes?

    Recycling is important. Lifestyle changes in modern times have resulted in a huge amount of rubbish and waste, causing a massive negative impact on the environment. Landfill sites take up space and give off dangerous gasses leading to pollution and much of the waste takes many years to decompose, endangering wildlife and polluting oceans.

    By recycling we can decrease the number of landfill sites and preserve natural resources for future generations. Using recycled materials also requires much less energy than manufacturing with unprocessed materials. Recycling paper saves around 60% of the energy needed compared to using raw materials!

  • Recycle

    Can you recycle envelopes with plastic windows?

    If your envelope has a plastic address window it CAN still be recycled. Modern recycling machinery is well equipped to handle this with heating elements that melt adhesives and screen out the plastic windows.

    If your household paper recycling accepts envelopes, you do not need to remove the address window - just pop the whole envelope into your paper recycling.