Friday, April 24, 2009

How Do I Recycle Tyvek Envelopes?

Do you know that those hardy envelopes used by mail curriers like FedEx are actually made of plastic? IT'S TRUE!! They aren't paper, so please don't add them to the paper recycling bins in your building. Unfortunately they cannot be recycled with the bottles and cans either, so...what do we do??

If you cannot find an alternative use for them (see Tyvek wallet at then DuPont, the company that manufactures a large amount of these envelopes, recycles them. They offer the following instructions:

For Small Quantities (less than 25 envelopes/month)

Turn any Tyvek® envelope inside out, so the unprinted white surface shows on the outside. Stuff the inside-out Tyvek® envelope with other used Tyvek® envelopes for recycling.
Address and mail the envelope to:

Tyvek® RecycleAttn. Shirley B. Wright
2400 Elliham Avenue #A
Richmond, VA 23237

For Medium Quantities (more than 25 but less than 500 envelopes/month)

Call 1-866-33-Tyvek® and ask about the pouch program for recycling Tyvek® envelopes. Each pouch holds approximately 200 used Tyvek® envelopes. Collect your envelopes in the pouch and then forward them to DuPont – address label provided.

For Larger Quantities (more than 500 envelopes/month)

Contact Shirley B. Wright, Tyvek® Recycling Specialist, at 1-800-222-5676 or 1-866-33-TYVEK® for information.
Keep up the recycling efforts and thanks for the great questions!

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