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Tyvek is not to be recycled with paper, and should be recycled with plastic

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/30

I see a lot of people throwing Tyvek envelopes and sheets in the recycled paper bins.

Don’t do that!

Since Tyvek is a plastic, you should recycle it as such:

Tyvek Recycling

Though Tyvek superficially resembles paper (for example, it can be written and printed on), it is plastic, and it cannot be recycled with paper. Despite the fact that some Tyvek products are marked with the #2 resin-code for HDPE, it is not usually collected with plastic bottles as part of municipal curbside recycling programs. Instead, DuPont runs a program in the United States where disposable clothing, coveralls, lab coats, and other Tyvek disposable garments can be recycled, as well as providing a mail-in recycling program for envelopes.[17]

Outside the USA, there are also recycle programs, for instance the Wecycle program in The Netherlands, which also recycles HDPE (the plastic that Tyvek is made of).

–jeroen

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