Newspapers Put in Recycling Cart Compost It You can compost newspapers because they are made from paper that is clean and non-treated; almost all modern newspapers are printed using a plant-based ink. Ways to Reuse Use as Packaging Consider using newspaper for packaging instead of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap and packing peanuts cannot be recycled, while newspaper is cheaper and more eco-friendly. Did You Know? How Paper Gets Recycled Newspapers make up the largest portion of curbside recycling programs in weight and volume.