Is glossy paper recyclable? We’ve been told that shiny paper should never be put in the recycling bin, but glossy paper in magazines is totally recyclable. So what’s the deal? Generally, how coated the paper is determines its recyclability. Normal glossy paper like magazines and junk mail can be recycled. But gift wrap -- which is often mixed with foil and nonpaper material -- is the tricky one. Generally, if you crumple up paper and it stays crumpled, it’s recyclable; if it doesn’t, toss it in the trash. Paper can be recycled up to seven times before the fibers lose strength, so recycle whenever possible.
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