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Can this be recycled?: Yes, no, sometimes
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is another in a series of recycling tips from the City of Covington's Neighborhood Services Department, Solid Waste & Recycling Division.)
COVINGTON, Ky. – ... in which Rumpke Waste & Recycling helps us shed light (in rather specific fashion, we point out) on every recycler’s haunting question: “Can this be recycled?”
As that question relates to paper products in Covington:
  • Shredded paper: Yes, if put in a clear plastic bag. (Note this is the only exception to the “Don’t bag your recyclables” commandment for residential recyclers.)
  • Brown paper towels: No.
  • Spiral notebooks/tablets: Yes, but only if you remove the metal or plastic “spirals” that hold the pages together.
  • Thermal-bonded paper (i.e. cash register receipts): No.
  • Books: Yes to paperback books, and yes to hardback books as long as you rip the covers off and recycle only the interior pages.
  • Paper cups, paper plates, paper towels & napkins: No, because of the food contamination.
  • Post-it notes: Yes.
  • Magazines: Yes.
  • Photographs & “sticker paper”: No.
  • Laminated paper: No. 
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