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Ask SSC Q. Can photos be put in with mixed paper recycle?



A: Dear Bev,

Yes. Photographs can be recycled as scrap paper. A list of various papers we accept for recycling is below:


Reminder: Stack corrugated cardboard next to bins for recycling.



Mail, magazines, catalogs, envelopes, stationery, photos, paper sacks, phone books, labels.

Computer, copy/office paper (all colors), carbonless paper, file folders, poster paper.

Paperboard cartons (ex. cereal boxes, mac ‘n cheese, shoe boxes, gift boxes).

Discard liners/packing material. Flatten. Staples, paper clips and file folder clips OK



Paper towels, tissues, plates, napkins, tissue paper, parchment.


Wax or refrigerator/freezer cartons (ex. milk, juice or frozen food containers). See note below.


Thermal receipts (waxy), fax paper (thermal), carbon paper


Paper with foil or plastic (ex. foil gift wrap, postal envelopes (TYVEK)

Drivers cannot take recyclables in plastic bags for safety reasons – use a sturdy paper sack, small plastic tub or cardboard box no larger than the standard curbside recycling bin for extras.

Note: These products are compostable and accepted in our FoodPlus! service. Details here.

For more info click here. For questions, please contact us at or call (360) 734-3490.


About Sanitary Service Company (SSC)

Established in 1929, SSC is Whatcom County's largest recycling and garbage collection service provider, serving 45,000 + customers from Bellingham to Blaine and beyond. SSC is a sustaining member of Sustainable Connections, a Toward Zero Waste Founding Pioneer, 100% Green Power Leader, 5-Star EnviroStar, bicycle-friendly business and Whatcom Smart Trips employer. For more info visit


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