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 I live in Sunnyvale and have a lot of old papers lying around; do I have to recycle it separately from my newspapers?

Posted on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009

Learn more about Sunnyvale's curbside recycling here!

Learn more about Santa Clara's curbside recycling here!

The answer is no; you do not have to separate out your regular paper from your newspaper recyclables. In fact, there are many "mixed paper" items you can put in the paper section of your household curbside recycling bin. Examples include phone books, white, colored, or glossy paper, junk mail and envelopes, catalogs and magazines, manila folders, shoe boxes, paper bags, and even post-its. So all those old hand-outs and extra papers from last quarter can be kicked to the curb, literally!


Tags: Moving, Off-campus recycling, Office supplies, Paper, Recycling process

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