Papers coated with laminates are not recyclable.

You can check if the paper is coated with plastic laminates by doing a tear test.

Scrap Laminated Paper Recycling in Singapore

How do you know if your paper, catalog or brochure is recyclable? Is there a layer of laminate?

The easiest way to tell if your paper is recyclable, is to tear it up. Papers that are recyclable should have a smooth tear. Papers that are not recyclable are usually difficult to tear, and may crumple before the tear. There will also be a visible plastic coating that is not recyclable and considered as a contaminant.

Non-recyclable papers with plastic laminates are commonly found in items like; namecards, catalogs and magazine covers.

  • Laminated paper – Not recyclable

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