Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

The shiny paper backing (called ‘glassine’) that comes with stickers such as address labels, stamps, nametags, etc. is not recyclable.  

Do Not Recycle

Stickers may seem like paper, but their adhesive backing is not recyclable and can contaminate paper recycling.

Small Stickers OK on Paper & Cardboard

If you have paper or cardboard with small stickers on it, you can still recycle them. If there are large stickers or adhesive labels, try to peel them off first. If you have paper that is covered in stickers, peel them off or throw the paper in the trash.

no compost

Keep Stickers Out of the Compost

Produce stickers don’t belong in the compost. Make sure to remove them from banana peels, avocado rinds and other produce before they end up in the compost.

Ways to Reduce

Say “No” to Free Stickers

A lot of organizations like to hand out promotional stickers to advertise their company or cause. If you refuse them in the first place, you won’t take home something you’ll need to throw away later.

Ways to Reuse


Use Up That Sticker Collection

Have a collection of stickers but not sure what to do with them? You can put stickers on nearly anything. Check out these ideas from First Quarter Finance or Bucks and Cents to get started.

Did You Know?

How to Remove Sticker Residue

Need to remove sticker residue? There are a lot of methods you can try, many of which you probably have on hand, including using a hair dryer, nail polish remover (acetone), rubbing alcohol and lemon oil (or other types of oil). Get step-by-step instructions from Better Homes & Gardens.