All you need to do is separate the ring metal from the cover. To do this, you can stand on the cover and insert the claw of the hammer under the metal and pull. With a little effort and determination, the ring metal will separate from the board. Once apart, the board and ring metals can be recycled in your cities curbside recycling program. Love the Clipmatic stickers. Perfect for scrapbooking, smashbooking or journalling as they allow you to add extra pages, cards, maps, leaflets, whatever, to your book. The stickers are tough plastic so they're really robust. Nice packaging too and good customer service.