7 Creative Ways to Recycle Leftover Newspaper
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7 Creative Ways to Recycle Leftover Newspaper

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 10:12 am
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Do you find yourself with stacks of leftover newspaper after clipping out all your coupon inserts? Save money by using these creative newspaper recycling tips! Do you often find yourself with stacks of leftover newspaper after clipping out all your coupon inserts? You usually throw it in the recycling bin, but what if this seemingly useless leftover newspaper could actually save you money? Try using some of these creative ways to recycle your coupon insert paper and save!

7 Ways to Recycle Newspaper

It’s a Wrap!

Wrapping paper is expensive and, after all, it just gets ripped up and thrown away so why not use your leftover newspaper as wrapping paper? The cartoon pages make especially cute birthday gift wrap. You can leave the paper plain or dress it up with colorful ribbons, bows, glitter, stickers, etcetera. You can even decorate your newspaper wrap with more newspaper – fold it into stars or bows or shred it to make fun pom-poms. Start saving your newspaper now and you won’t have to spend a penny on holiday wrap this season!

Squeaky Clean

Newspaper also works great for various cleaning tasks. Newspaper works well for drying glass after spraying it with any glass cleaner – you’ll have perfectly streak-free windows! You can also use newspaper for cleaning your oven. A crumpled piece of newspaper will absorb heavy grease while scrubbing the surface. Also, save your leftover newspaper for dusting – just fray one end of the paper and dust away!


Newspaper has a surprisingly strong ability to absorb unwanted odors. You can stick your leftover newspaper in stinky shoes, funky smelling plastic containers, musky luggage, shred it and use it as cat litter – wherever it is needed.


I also use my leftover newspapers as disposable table clothes. This works great for kids craft projects, painting, BBQs, and more. When your done, you can just roll the whole mess up and toss it without any tedious clean up!

Critter Repellent

If you have moth issues, you can protect your linens by adding layers of newspaper. Newspaper seems to keep moths away from linens as well as any moth ball does.

Fire Power!

And of course, newspaper always works great as a fire starter. Just roll or bunch your leftover newspaper up to get your fire going. I always take my leftover coupon insert papers to the beach whenever there’s a bonfire.

Donate Expired Coupons to Military Families

If you come across expired coupons in your leftover newspaper inserts, remember that you can donate your expired coupons to military families who can use them past the expiration date.

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