Gift Boxes

Put in Paper Recycling

Empty paper gift boxes are recyclable and belong under the light colored lid of a split recycling cart or inside a larger cart or bin labeled “Paper Only.”

Gift Bow

Remove Ribbons, Bows and Glitter

Ribbons, bows, glitter and other decorations that sometimes adorn gift boxes are not recyclable. Remove decorations and cut out glitter-covered pieces before recycling any gift box.

Flattened Cardboard Boxes

Flatten Boxes

Flatten gift boxes before recycling them in order to save space and to make them easier to sort.

Ways to Reuse

Use More Than Once

Instead of throwing gift boxes out after one use, save and reuse them until they become worn out.

Use for Storage

Like shoeboxes, gift boxes can be useful for storage and organization.

Did You Know?

Gift Wrapping Waste

How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. A whopping 38 million miles of ribbon is discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.