It seems everything can go into a paper recycling bin: scrap paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail. But often what seems like paper isn’t actually recyclable, and that includes old photographs. While technically printed on paper, old photos have a thin polythene coating on top (which gives them a glossy or matte finish). This is a synthetic material that can clog up paper recycling machines when the photos are pulped. Rather than trying to recycle them, save the photos or toss them into the trash.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION