Can you recycle old printed photographs with your scrap paper recycling? Yes and no -- it all depends on how the photo was printed. If it was done in an old-fashioned chemical processing fashion, then no; if it was printed using modern digital technology, you can. How do you find out? Simply tear it: If the photograph rips with a clean tear, it can be recycled; but if it’s hard to tear and rips in layers, you likely have a non-recyclable photo that needs to be thrown in the trash.