Earth Day: Recycling Tips


At Hammermill®, we believe in making paper that is sustainably produced and sourced from responsibly managed forests. We also believe in sharing knowledge that can help anyone live a more sustainable life. One simple way to live more sustainably is to recycle. To help celebrate Earth Day, we have compiled our top tips for recycling.

Reduce and Reuse

Reducing the amount of materials you use and reusing items instead of throwing them out can help you with your recycling habits. Upcycling is a fun and creative way to reuse your old stuff. When you upcycle an item, you convert it into something you can use. An example of upcycling would be taking a used tire and attaching rope to it so your kids can play on it. Check out more upcycling ideas here.

Paper is one of the easiest materials to reuse in your home. You can reuse paper in your DIY projects, in your garden and even shred it to line a pet’s cage. Make sure you have a separate recycling pile for paper to help make it even easier to reuse.

Label Recycling Bins

Having a bin for each type of recyclable is a great way to make the whole process easier. The easiest way to separate your items is to have a bin for paper, cardboard, a bin for plastic/glass and a general trash bin for non-recyclables. Putting recycling signs up to help indicate which bin to use will help ensure the correct materials make it into the right bin.

Buy Recycled 

Products made from recycled material range from shoes and toys to clothing and accessories, just to name a few. While all of our paper is sustainable as they are sustainably source, we also have a recycled option. Our Great White paper is available in 30%, 50% and 100% recycled content options, and it’s great for general office use. From paper to clothes, it’s becoming easier and easier to find products made from recycled material, making it easy for you to buy sustainably. 

Spread the Word

Share helpful resources with your family, friends and coworkers. Teachers can help educate students about the science and sustainability of paper. Our Paper is Power™ kit for high school is a curriculum to help teachers educate their students on the science behind how paper is made and the importance of sustainable forestry practices related to its production.


We hope these tips will help make recycling easier for you. Be sure to check out our Recycling Bin Signs and join our mailing list below to receive more tips and inspiration delivered to your inbox monthly.

related resource

Recycling Signs