Parchment Paper Put in Garbage Cart Parchment Paper Is Not Recyclable Parchment paper is coated with silicone to make it non-stick, making it difficult to recycle. It is also frequently covered in food, oil and grease, which contaminate recycling. Recycle the Box The box that the parchment paper comes in is recyclable. Remove the strip of metal teeth before you break down the cardboard to be recycled. Choose Unbleached Paper Products If you use parchment paper, look for brands that offer unbleached paper. The paper bleaching process uses chemicals and creates toxic byproducts that can remain on the paper and enter your food. Ways to Reduce Opt for Reusable Silicon Baking Mats Silicon baking mats are a safer alternative to parchment paper, and they are reusable up to 3,000 times.