Tape & Tape Dispensers Put in Garbage Recycle Paperboard Packaging The paperboard packaging from tape dispensers and refill tape rolls can be recycled. Ways to Reduce Buy a Reusable Tape Dispenser Skip the disposable tape dispensers and purchase a reusable dispenser that uses tape refill rolls. That way you’ll create less waste with every roll of tape. Did You Know? Why Plastic Tape Dispensers Are So Hard to Recycle Currently, plastic tape dispensers like that ones that come with Scotch tape aren’t recyclable, even though the plastic they’re made of is. This is because recycling facilities aren’t equipped to sort out the tape dispensers due to the small volume and small size of the dispensers.