Paper Bags Recycling Cart Paper bags are typically recyclable if they are clean. Once a paper bag is wet, greasy or soiled, then it is no longer recyclable – BUT you can put it into the compost cart instead to make some great compost! Recycle Bags With Handles Paper bags can be recycled, even if they have handles attached with adhesive; adhesive does not contaminate paper recycling. If the handle is not made of paper, tear it off and then recycle the bag. Ways to Reduce Bring Your Reusable Bags Skip the paper bags altogether and bring your own reusable bags, which reduces how much you need to throw away or recycle. Ways to Reuse Reuse Paper Bags If your paper bag is still in good condition, try reusing them as many times as you can. Use As Wrapping Paper Paper bags can be cut up and used as wrapping paper for small gifts. Larger shopping bags can also be used as book covers. Did You Know? Paper Bags: Not as Eco-Friendly as They Seem Plastic bags have their problems but so do paper bags. Although paper bags do degrade much faster than plastic bags, it takes nearly double the resources to create a paper bag than one made out of plastic. That’s why reusable products are better than paper or plastic bags.