Is Waxed Paper Recyclable or Compostable? Facts & FAQs
Waxed paper is one of those materials that can be quite confusing when it comes to disposal. While it’s true that waxed paper isn’t compostable or recyclable, there are still ways to properly dispose of it.
This article will provide an overview of waxed paper, its disposal options, and the best practices for disposing of it.
Understanding Waxed Paper and Recycling
Knowing what materials make up a particular product is key when attempting to recycle or compost something. Waxed paper is made from two main components: paper and wax.
The wax contains man-made additives that come from petroleum. That in itself makes waxed paper a poor choice¹ for recycling and composting. While the paper is recyclable, the wax coating is not. Therefore, it cannot be recycled or composted in its current form.
More to the point, the recycling process used for paper involves using water to break down the material. The wax coating simply renders this process impossible. The wax coating also prevents the paper from breaking down during composting, so it’s not suitable for that process.
It’s clear that recycling waxed paper isn’t an option. So how in the world are you supposed to dispose of it? To answer that question, let’s look at some of the other disposal options.
Disposal Options for Wax Paper
Since waxed paper can’t be recycled or composted, other options for disposal should be considered.
Waxed paper may not be compostable or recyclable, but there are still ways to get some use out of it before throwing it away. Reusing it in the kitchen, using it as a fire starter, or simply pitching it in the trash are all viable options.
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