Paper recycling means fiber power | Check out Recycle Palooza

Newspapers can be recycled just about anywhere, but some people may wonder about other types of paper, like “glossy” paper.

How about mail with clear plastic address windows? What about paper with staples, cereal boxes, or plastic-lined milk cartons? Yes, yes, and yes — they are all recyclable in your curbside recycling cart.

In Federal Way, just about any type of paper — office paper, paper board and cardboard — can be recycled at the curb. We draw the line at oil and dirt. Keep greasy or soiled items out of your curbside recycling cart.

Shredded paper also poses issues. The tiny pieces can’t be sorted with the rest of the paper and end up as a residue that has to be landfilled. Plus, shredded paper can turn into confetti, becoming litter during collection. Instead, layer shredded paper into yard waste carts or compost piles. Remember, no plastics such as credit cards. Then it can become a useful soil amendment.

Now that you know some of the tricks about paper recycling, you’re ready to enter the Recycle Palooza contest. You could win up to $1,000 just for recycling right. Sign up by Sept. 30 for your chance to win:


Jeanette Brizendine is the Recycling Project Manager for the City of Federal Way. Contact: (253) 835-2771 or or visit


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