Is glitter recyclable?

Unfortunately, NO it is not. Glitter is too small and hard to contain to be recycled. It usually ends up scattered all over the place in a sparkly mess. Theoretically, if it were properly contained and non contaminated, it could be melted into a larger clump of the plastic it's made out of. However, if it is just dumped into the recycling bin it will scatter everywhere and make the entire contaminated area non-recyclable. Glitter that is attached to paper will also render the paper non recyclabe, and loose particles could contaminate nearby recyclables as well. Therefore all glitter and glittered items must be thrown in the trash. It's a shame really, because each year atleast 20 tons of recyclabe material are contaminated by glitter, rendering them useless. All so something can be a little sparklier. Daniel McMasterson, Senior Recycling Engineer - Illinois Recycling Center Unfortunately, NO it is not. Glitter is too small and hard to contain to be recycled. It usually ends up scattered all over the place in a sparkly mess. Theoretically, if it were properly contained and non contaminated, it could be melted into a larger clump of the plastic it's made out of. However, if it is just dumped into the recycling bin it will scatter everywhere and make the entire contaminated area non-recyclable. Glitter that is attached to paper will also render the paper non recyclabe, and loose particles could contaminate nearby recyclables as well. Therefore all glitter and glittered items must be thrown in the trash. It's a shame really, because each year atleast 20 tons of recyclabe material are contaminated by glitter, rendering them useless. All so something can be a little sparklier. Daniel McMasterson, Senior Recycling Engineer - Illinois Recycling Center I would have to agree with Daniel. I myself work at a recycling plant in Minnesota and have seen tons of paper products, mostly advertising related, that was trashed due to the glitter used to flaunt the companies points across to the public. So to answer the question, glitter as a recyclable would be a negative.