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Don’t recycle Christmas wrapping paper, expert says

  • Published Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 12:23 p.m.

Not even the recycling man wants wrapping paper once it has been ripped off a Christmas present.

The reason? Typical wrapping paper contains fibers, glues and additives that aren’t good for making new paper.

That’s the message from Jimmy Rodriguez, manager of a recycling center at the Orange County, Fla., landfill.

When Rodriguez’s sorting equipment fills with colorful wrapping paper this time of year, his employees grab and toss all they can down the reject chute.

In fact, if paper mills find too much Christmas wrapping in a bundle of recycled paper they either won’t buy it at all or they will pay less for it, he said.

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