Source: Business Recycling
Paper recycling is commonplace in most offices today and creates meaningful environmental savings. Manufacturing paper and cardboard products from recycled material not only conserves trees, it also uses up to 50% less energy and 90% less water than making them from raw materials. Plus for every 100 reams of recycled office paper that is printed doubled sided, the savings are estimated at two trees, more than one tonne of greenhouse gases and almost a cubic metre of landfill space, compared with using 100 reams of non-recycled paper or printing single-sided. It is also important to close the loop by purchasing recycled products.
Some local councils provide paper-recycling services for local business. If this is not available in your area, there are numerous commercial recyclers in the US that provide this service. Most recyclers will provide a designated paper bin, which is collected regularly. Some companies also safely remove and recycle confidential paper material.
What Happens When It’s Recycled?
Recycling paper begins by breaking down the product, chemically or mechanically, to free the fibres and create pulp. The pulp is re-manufactured into paper products in a similar way to first production paper. The waste products left over from the recycling process (ink, short fibres and plastics) are either sent to landfill, burnt for energy or used as fertilizer.
Paper can be recycled into many things including office paper, packaging, toilet paper, egg cartons, soundproofing, furniture and cardboard. Paper can be recycled up to eight times and then it is turned into organic waste and breaks down.