Renfrewshire Council


Paper is widely recyclable and can be put in your blue bin/sack or brought along to one of our recycling sites throughout Renfrewshire.

Newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, small brochures, envelopes (with and without windows) and paper

These can be recycled in the blue bin or sack.

Shredded paper 

These cannot be recycled and should go in the grey bin. The small fibres can jam the machinery at the recycling facility and the quality of the paper is reduced too.

Junk mail

These items can be put in your blue recycling bin or sack.

If you would like to reduce the amount of mail you receive, the Mailing Preference Service gives advice on how you can do this. 

Wrapping paper

This should go in your grey bin or sack.


This is not recyclable and should be thrown away in your rubbish bin. Whether stripped from walls or leftover from a wallpapering project, the coatings that have been applied to the wallpaper make it unsuitable for recycling. These coatings include:

  • Vinyl coatings, applied to make wallpaper more resistant to water and other damage
  • Textured effects may use polystyrene or plastic based materials
  • Paint


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