Newspaper and Inserts

“Newspaper, by design, is a very absorbent product, because it has to absorb ink. But that also means it is equipped to absorb all sorts of moisture, including moisture and the resulting odors found in shoes and vegetable drawers,” says Chris Morrissey, vice president of marketing for Sun Chemical, in Northlake, Illinois, the world’s largest printing-ink manufacturer.

10 Great Uses for Newspaper

  1. Deodorize food containers. Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit overnight.
  2. Ripen tomatoes. Wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature.
  3. Pack delicate items.Wrap frames and figurines with several pieces of newspaper, then crumple the remaining sections to fill extra space in the box.
  4. Wipe away tough streaks on glass.Use newspaper with cleaning fluid to clean mirrors and windows.
  5. Preserve antique glass. Some older frames have finishes on the glass that can be damaged by cleaning solutions. Remove smudges by rubbing with newspaper dipped in a solution of one part white vinegar and one part warm water. Let air-dry.
  6. Dry shoes. Place crumpled paper in them overnight.
  7. Wrap gifts. Use the comics to wrap a child’s birthday gift, or try the wedding announcements for an engagement gift.
  8. Create a home for slushy snow boots. During the winter, keep a pile of newspaper near the entryway. When your little snowmen and -women come home, they can toss their winter wear onto the newspaper instead of creating puddles on the floor.
  9. Prepare a garden. In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make room for a dedicated bed. Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch. Hose it down. Come spring, the compost blanket will have smothered the grass roots, and the bed will be primed for planting.
  10. Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells. Line the bottom with newspaper.
Source: Real Simple Magazine

Proper Disposal

Residential Curbside Collection

Fixed Collection Facilities

  • Elkhorn Fire Station
  • Blaine County Recycle Center (110 Ohio Gulch Road–Bldg 1)
  • Ohio Gulch Transfer Station (110 Ohio Gulch Road)
  • Carey Transfer Satiation (1675 South 1800 East, Carey)
  • West Magic (4200 North 900 East, Buhl)

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