Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls Curbside Recycling Empty Rolls Only Toilet paper and paper towels cannot be recycled. Make sure that only empty rolls are recycled with cardboard. Compost Soiled Tubes If your cardboard tubes are wet, greasy or food-soiled, don’t recycle them. Add them to your home compost instead. Ways to Reduce Put a Recycling Bin in the Bathroom Empty toilet paper rolls often never make it into the recycling bin because they get mixed with garbage. Make it easier to recycle these tubes by placing a small recycling bin in your bathrooms. Ways to Reuse Tidy Up Electrical Cords An empty toilet paper roll can help you store electrical cords. Just fold up the cord, stick it inside the tube and put it away. If you keep a lot of cords, you can label each tube for easy identification. Organize Hair Bands and Leftover Yarn Keep all your hair bands together by wrapping them around an empty cardboard tube. Leftover yarn can also be wrapped around a tube to stay organized and keep it from tangling. Store Wrapping Paper Wrapping paper keep coming unrolled? Cut a lengthwise slit in a cardboard tube and clasp it around the roll of wrapping paper to keep it from unrolling. You won’t crease the paper like you do with rubber bands. Neaten Up Your Closet Cardboard tubes work great as impromptu boot shapers. Just stick a couple in each boot to keep them from slouching. You can also cut slits lengthwise in the tubes and slip them over your pants hangers to prevent your pants from creasing. Did You Know? We Flush 27,000 Trees a Day During the Global Forest and Paper Summit held in Vancouver, BC, Claude Martin of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) reported that we flush the equivalent of 27,000 trees down the toilet every day. Globally, the U.S. is the biggest consumer of toilet paper.