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REUSE:  Many paper products in good usable condition can be donated or resold.  An internet search such as “donate (gift wrap, office paper, toilet paper, etc.) York PA” will show organizations that accept these materials for donation, or click here to view a list of York County donation/reuse outlets.  Reusable items can also be resold at garage sales, consignment stores and on internet sale platforms.


  • Clean, dry newspaper is recyclable in most York County curbside bins and recycling drop-offs.  Other paper items such as catalogs, envelopes, junk mail, magazines, office paper, and paper bags are not recyclable curbside in most York County municipalities. To verify what items are recyclable in your municipality, contact them directly. 
  • Various types of paper are recyclable at several York County drop-off locations.  Click here for more information.
  • Many paper items are also recyclable through composting.  An internet search of “composting” will provide more information.

TRASH:  Tissues, paper towels, napkins, gift wrap, paper plates and cups, even if they are biodegradable or compostable, are NOT recyclable and should be disposed in the regular trash or composted using specific composting methods for these materials. 

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