SEATTLE — People may already be exchanging gifts ahead of Christmas. …Paper is one of the most recycled materials in the U.S., according to the American Forest and Paper Association. In fact, last year, 68 percent of all paper consumed in the U.S. was recycled, including 91 percent of all cardboard boxes. …One of the simplest things you can do with gift bag recycling is to remove tags with glitter and cloth ribbon handles before putting paper gift bags into the recycling bin. “A good test whether something is paper based is to crumple it into a really tight ball,” said Terry Webber, AF&PA VP of industry affairs. If the item stays wadded in the tight ball and keeps its shape – it’s paper. Tissue paper can usually be recycled as long as it’s not glittery, metallic, or plastic based.