Photographs Put in Garbage See Alternatives Photographs have a polyester coating and therefore are not recyclable. Also, old film and negatives are not recyclable. Place these items in the trash. Don't Recycle In-Store Prints Prints from in-store photo centers cannot be recycled because they were processed with chemicals or chlorine. These chemicals, in general, will weaken the integrity of the newly recycled paper. Don't Recycle If Resin-Coated Photographs that have a resin-coated finish appear glossy. Glossy photographs are often made with a plastic, so cannot be recycled because the plastic would contaminate paper recycling. Alternative Ways to Recycle Donate Historical Photos You can donate old photographs with historical value to organizations like the Society of American Archivists. These organizations want to preserve family histories and share them with others. Ways to Reduce Recyclable Cotton Rag Paper You can make at-home printing more eco-friendly by using cotton rag paper. Photo Rag® Baryta by Hahnemuhle is a recyclable paper that uses a natural gloss. Cotton-rag paper is considered one of the more eco-friendly options because it’s sourced from the textile making process. Affordable and Recyclable Paper HP’s Everyday Glossy Photo Paper is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic for at-home printing. It is a mixed paper that can be recycled. Ways to Reuse Mail Photos as Postcards Consider turning unwanted photos into postcards by writing a fun message on the back and sending them to family and friends. Did You Know? Satellite Photos Raise Environmental Awareness Photographs are great tools used to study the environment and to create awareness. Whether we are talking about photos taken from a satellite or of a community, all different kinds of photos can document the beauty and destruction. In the video shown above, satellite images of the Amazon reveal the extent of deforestation in the last decade.