Don’t burst your bubble (wrap) 

Of the 3 Rs, reuse is the best option for bubble wrap

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What can be done with the bubble wrap that comes in mail-order packages?



Of the 3 Rs, reuse is the best option for bubble wrap — as long as you can resist popping the bubbles, it can be used over and over again. If you don’t have a need for bubble wrap and other packing materials, find someone who does. iSOLD It, an eBay reseller, has a package recycling program and will accept bubble wrap, foam packing, boxes and packing paper. You may also call your nearest UPS Store or FedEx Office to see if they’ll take it — or offer it up on or to anyone who can put it to use.

Bubble wrap with all the bubbles popped can be recycled as plastic film. Take it to RecycleForce or find a drop-off location and use the Plastic Film Recycling web site as a resource for recycling all different types of film.

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