Did you know that the average person in the UK uses 38kg of newspaper per year? From newspapers and magazines to letters and paper bags, paper is one of the most widely recycled items in the UK. In fact, two thirds of waste paper is reused in some way.
Of course, there is still more that can be done to reuse the final third so if you want to know how to recycle paper in your home and let nothing be wasted, then we’ve got you covered.
How To Recycle Paper At Home
While you can always pop used paper out for your regular recycling collection, there are other, more creative, ways of recycling paper that you might want to try at home.
- Use it as mulch or compost
Waste paper is a vital ingredient of a healthy compose heap. If you don’t have the space (or time) to build one yourself then you can still recycle paper as mulch. Simply tear it into small strips and place it around your plants. Recycling paper in this way helps to keep the soil in your garden moist and adds nutrients to it too.
- Use it as packing material
Not sure how to recycle paper packaging and newspapers? Use them to bulk out boxes when packing items to move house, putting items into storage, or sending gifts to friends. Wrap delicate items in newspaper and scrunch up other items of used paper or cardboard to fill gaps in the box and protect your valuables.
- Turn it into fresh paper
This might seem quite labour intensive, but it’s a great activity for those with crafty fingers or anyone wondering how to recycle paper at home for kids. After all, it’s educational and messy, with the process you’ll follow mimicking how paper is recycled at waste sorting plants.