Tyvek, the Dupont material the U.S. Postal Service uses for its mail envelopes, is made from 100 percent high-density polyethylene (HDPE), marked under the recycling code #2, and is highly recyclable into other products such as plastic lumber and park benches.
If your municipal recycler doesn't accept Tyvek-and you have more DIY wallets and laptop sleeves than you know what to do with-Dupont will take back your used Tyvek envelopes for recycling, at no cost. Click below the fold for details.
1. 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: Terry Fife, Tyvek Recycling Specialist 5401 Jefferson Davis Highway Spot 197 - Room 231 Richmond, VA 23234
2. For Medium Quantities (More Than 25 but Less Than 500 Envelopes/Month)
Call 1-866-33-TYVEK and ask about Dupont's pouch program for recycling Tyvek envelopes. Each pouch holds approximately 200 envelopes. Collect your envelopes in the pouch and then forward them to a regional recycler-address label provided.
3. For Larger Quantities (More Than 500 Envelopes/Month)
Contact Terry Fife, Tyvek Recycling Specialist, at 1-800-222-5676 or 1-866-33-TYVEK to have a custom program set up for you that works with local recyclers in your region.
Difficulty level: Easy