Office Paper


Athens Services recycles clean and dry office paper. Office paper is highly recyclable.  

Do not place the following paper in your recycling

  • Paper that has been decorated with glitter, glue, paint, and/or tape should be placed in the trash. These items are contaminants and render it nonrecyclable.
  • Paper contaminated with food, grease, and/or liquids.
  • Water resistant paper.
  • Paper made from material other than wood pulp (i.e. bamboo, plastic resin, stone, or elephant poop).
Stapling Paper

Staples, Labels and Stickers Are OK

Paper can be recycled with staples, labels and stickers attached. These items are small contaminants that are removed during the recycling process.


No Glitter, Glue or Paint

A piece of paper that’s covered with lots of glitter, glue, and/or paint contains too many contaminants to go through the paper recycling process.


How Small Is Too Small?

Sometimes small bits of paper cannot be recycled because they get lost in the recycling process. In general, try to recycle everything receipt-sized or larger. Find out what to do with shredded paper.

Ways to Reduce

Go Paperless

Many companies have already made the transition to becoming “paperless.” Take stock of your business activities and see what could be handled or stored online instead of on paper. Learn how to go paperless.

Ways to Reuse

Double Sided Paper

Use Both Sides

Always try to use both sides of the paper for printing and writing. Duplex printers are able to print double-sided pages. If you have paper with print on one side, keep it to use as scratch paper.

Use as Packing Material

Used office paper works great as packing material to protect items during shipping or storage.

Did You Know?

Almost All Office Waste Is Paper

In the office there can be a lot of paper waste because of reprints, bad photocopies and all of those paper memos. 90 percent of all waste produced by the average office is paper. The average office worker produces two pounds of paper and paperboard products every day.

Why Shredded Paper Can Be Hard to Recycle

Shredding a piece of paper shortens its fibers, which limits its recycling potential and reduces its value. Shredded paper is too small to be processed by some recyclers. It slips through sorting machinery onto the facility floor, where it gets swept up as trash.