Are Jigsaw Puzzles Recyclable?

Are Jigsaw Puzzles Recyclable?

Jigsaw puzzles are a fun and rewarding activity for all ages. From simple three piece puzzles for toddlers learning how to put a jigsaw together, to adults looking for a stimulating brain challenge, there are an abundance of puzzles available to buy.

The jigsaws and designs that we love come in many different shapes, sizes, number of puzzle pieces - and even different materials, depending on where in the world they were made.

Most puzzles are made with a board base covered in a paper design. However, depending on what you are looking for, you can also get puzzles made from wood, metal and plastic.

For the purposes of this post, we will focus solely on traditional board puzzles.

How are jigsaw puzzles made?

You can watch how jigsaw puzzles are made in a UK factory to see how the process comes together. In essence, a traditional puzzle is made by printing a design onto paper, sticking the paper onto board and cutting the board into puzzle pieces.

Once the jigsaw puzzle has been completed and played with multiple times, owners may start to thinking about what to do with it.

Can jigsaw puzzles be recycled?

In short, yes jigsaw puzzles can be recycled. It might be challenging trying to find a recycling centre that will take them as lots of little pieces can make recycling difficult. So, make sure you call ahead to check before you go to the tip.

Alternative options to recycling

If you can’t find a recycling centre that will take jigsaw puzzles, there are plenty of other ways that they can avoid going to landfill, such as:

  • Turned into a piece of art - glue the completed puzzle together, put it in a frame and hang it on your wall
  • Pass on to friends and family - swap puzzles amongst your family and friendship groups. This way, everyone gets to do something new
  • Sell them - there are many online marketplaces and groups where you can sell or swap jigsaw puzzles

All jigsaws made by Play Shed Puzzles use eco-friendly materials including vegan inks, chlorine-free paper and 100% recycled millboard. The puzzles are all fully recyclable as well as the box, reference photo and shrink wrap. 

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