Paper Recycling: What items are accepted? 

Shred only what is absolutely necessary and place in a paper bag with the top stapled shut. Write "shred" on the paper bag before you place it in your recycle cart. 

You can recycle pizza boxes as long as they are not greasy. 

Cardboard boxes are accepted items. You do not have to remove the tape unless there is an excessive amount of tape (3 or more layers of tape). 

Cereal boxes and other similar boxes are accepted. Just make sure to remove the plastic bag before you place the box in your recycle cart.  

Junk mail is accepted in recycling. You do not have to remove the thin plastic window. 

Paper bags are accepted in recycling. 

The inner roll of paper towels and toilet paper are accepted in recycling. 

Newspaper is accepted in recycling. 

You can recycle soft cover books. If you have a hard cover book that you want to recycle then just make sure to cut the hard cover off before you put the pages in your recycle cart. 

Office paper is accepted in recycling. Staples are fine but please remove paper clips and binder clips. Please do not put laminated paper in your recycle cart. 

Sticky notes are accepted in recycling. 

Empty tissue boxes are accepted items. You do not have to remove the plastic window piece, but it would be great if you did. 

If you put your shredded paper in a clear plastic bag your recycle cart might not be emptied because plastic bags are not accepted. It is best to put shredded paper in paper bags. 

Grease covered paper and cardboard is very difficult to recycle because the grease holds the fibers together during the recycling process. Please do not put greasy pizza boxes in your recycle cart. 

 

There are no types of cartons accepted in recycling. While these materials seem like paper they are mixed materials, usually mixed with wax or a layer of plastic. These items are very expensive and time intensive to recycle and are not accepted in recycling here in Little Rock. 

Coffee cups are not accepted in recycling due to their wax or plastic liner. Please do not recycle any paper products that are capable of containing a liquid. 

Compostable to-go containers are not accepted in recycling. 

Do not put paper towels, tissues, or toilet paper in your recycle cart. The fibers in these items are very short and therefore not able to be recycled into new paper content. 

Please do not put these types of to-go containers in your recycle cart. They are lined with either wax or plastic. 

Do not recycle any paper that has had food on it like a paper plate or paper bowl. Not only could these items be contaminated with food, they are often lined with a non-recyclable wax or plastic.