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A Complete Guide to Recycling Your Mail

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2019

Despite companies pushing for ‘paperless’ mail, good, old-fashioned paper mail still enters our mailboxes. Occasionally, we receive mail we want, like lovingly handwritten cards and invitations, but most of the time it’s just dreaded bills. Depending on where you live and the local mail-droppers adherence to ‘NO JUNK MAIL’ signs, you’re probably getting a lot of junk mail, too.

Nevertheless, once bills are paid and thanks given to the senders of personal mail, where should you dispose of all that paper mail?


Recycling packaging and envelopes

Our parcels are generally contained in a box or sleeve cardboard packaging. Luckily, cardboard packaging is a very easy thing to recycle. Simply collapse the box or sleeve into a smaller form and pop them straight into your yellow recycling bin.

With plain envelopes, put them straight into your recycling bin. Envelopes with plastic windows, however, generally can’t be recycled. So, remove the plastic film, place it into your general waste bin, and the plain envelope leftovers into your recycling bin. Likewise, padded/bubbled envelopes have the same non-recyclable fate, so in the general waste bin they go. 


Recycling letters and postage stamps

By all means keep letters that hold sentimental value, like a birthday card from your favourite international relative or postcards from travelling friends.

If you’re receiving a letter with confidential information on it though, be sure to shred it before you dispose of the letter. You wouldn’t want your confidential information ending up in the wrong hands due to insufficient waste disposal.

Did you know that postage stamps are recyclable?

So, next time you recycle a plain envelope in your recycling bin, feel free to leave them on.

Alternatively, many people collect postage stamps and charities use them too. Why not gift your postage stamps to your stamp-collecting loved one, or contact a local charity to see if stamps are useful in craft activities?


Recycling junk mail and junk removal

Whether we like it or not, most of us still receive an unruly amount of junk mail from local businesses.

The good news is catalogues, brochures and magazines can all be put in your recycling bin. 

If you want to take it one step further, it’s also smart to invest in a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign or sticker for your letterbox to cut down on the amount you’re receiving. And then just pray to the paperless goods that they actually abide by it!


Recycling is the least we can do for our environment. We all have good intentions, but sometimes we don’t always know what’s recyclable and what’s not. A lot of our mail is recyclable. 

Bonza Bins prides itself on a commitment to a greener future.  All skips are covered and bought back to recycling centres or transfer stations where waste is sorted and where possible recycled. Materials such as concrete, soil, greens, metal, paper, timber are all recycled, lessening the amount of rubbish going directly to landfill.

Need help with environmentally friendly waste management in your home or business? Contact Bonza Bins today for premium South of the River and Fremantle skip bins.