Tissues and Toilet Paper Special Instructions Facial tissues should be placed in your compost. Used toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet or disposed in your garbage bin. If used as a substitute for paper towels or facial tissue, place in the compost bin. Do Not Recycle Although tissues and toilet paper are made from paper, the fibers are too short to be recycled and reused. Do Not Flush Facial Tissue Unlike toilet paper, facial tissue is not designed to break down in water. Ways to Reduce Choose Eco-Friendly Tissue Toilet paper and tissues made from bamboo, unbleached paper or recycled paper are more eco-friendly than generic bath or facial tissue. Switch to a Bidet Cut back on paper use in the bathroom by using a bidet as an alternative to toilet paper. Go Old School With a Handkerchief Choose a soft and reusable alternative to tissues by switching to handkerchiefs. Throw in the wash after use to keep them hygienic. Did You Know? We Flush 27,000 Trees a Day During the Global Forest and Paper Summit held in Vancouver, BC, Claude Martin of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) reported that we flush the equivalent of 27,000 trees down the toilet every day. Globally, the U.S. is the biggest consumer of toilet paper.