A guide to paper recycling
Recycling is a key environmental concern, but especially when it comes to paper. Not only does it help to save trees, which is crucial to the sustainability of our planet, but by recycling one tonne of paper, it also saves at least 30,000 litres of water and between 3000 to 4000 kWh of electricity. This is enough to sustain an average three-bedroomed house for a whole year. Producing recycled paper also requires between 28-70% less energy consumption and uses less water – there’s no doubt it’s the better option for the planet.
What is paper recycling?
It is the reprocessing of waste paper that has been discarded to produce a recycled form of paper made from the original materials. This includes re-purposing old newspapers and magazines, containers, used or unwanted paper materials, scraps from paper mills, etc. It is essentially the kind of material that we would class as ‘scrap paper’. This can be recycled either in its original form or shredded.
What are the different types of paper waste?
There are three different types of paper that can be recycled. These are known as ‘mill broke’ – this is essentially any paper scrap or trimmings that come from the manufacturing of paper. This generally gets recycled internally by the paper mills.
There is also ‘pre-consumer waste’. This is paper that has been sent away from the paper mill but then discarded prior to being used by a consumer.
Finally, there is ‘post-consumer waste’ – this is any paper material that has been received and used by a consumer and then discarded, such as newspapers.
What happens to paper waste once it is collected?
Once your paper waste collections have taken place, the paper waste will be taken to a recycling plant. Here it is recycled by mixing the paper with water and chemicals to break it down. It is then chopped up, heated and turned into an organic plant pulp. This is then further strained, which helps to remove any remaining plastic or glue. It then goes through an industrial ‘de-inking’ process to remove any printing ink from the fibres. It is bleached and mixed again with water. From here it can be turned into recycled paper and re-used.
What types of industries produce paper waste?
Just about any industry can produce paper waste, although depending on what your workplace does will vary how much your exact output is. If you work in an office, you will likely have a lot of small scrap or shredded paper. If you work at a factory that relies heavily on paper wrapping, you will have much larger sheets of paper that need recycling. Any industry that is using paper will therefore produce paper waste. Paper waste management is key to efficiency, while having a recycling strategy in place will ensure a greater environmental impact than just throwing it away in your main bins. It is your company’s duty to implement these kinds of responsible practices.
How we can help you?
We are paper waste disposal experts. We offer nationwide paper recycling and can provide you with the paper recycling bins and paper waste collection that you need. We can also offer you the use of a commercial paper shredder. Get in touch with us today for a unique and competitive quote, and to find out exactly how we can address your business needs with our reliable, efficient services.
Organisations waste around 15 billion pounds worth of office waste such as paper, every year. Around 80.6 million tonnes of paper is wasted each year, when it should have been recycled.
Paper recycling can not only save the environment, but it can also save your business money. Every UK organisation has a legal ‘duty of care’ to manage their waste in an appropriate manner and recycle waste that can be reused.
Paper Waste Management
The paper recycling services that we provide, offer clients across the UK effective ways to manage their paper waste in a way which benefits their organisation and the environment.
Paper Recycling Facts
There are multiple benefits to the environment from paper recycling. We can provide your organisation with paper bins and recycling services, in order to improve your waste and recycling management system.
We can provide paper recycling for all types of businesses, large or small. We are committed to recycling all types of paper, including:
White and coloured paper and envelopes
Booklets and manuals
Post-It notes and adding machine tape
Magazines, newspapers and flyers.
We are fully committed to reducing the impact that excessive waste has on the environment. We encourage organisations that do not have waste management systems in place to get in contact with us for free advice on how you can help save your business money and resources, whilst protecting the environment.
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An average office workers uses 50 sheets of paper in a day through unnecessary printing. Recycling just one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and three cubic yards of landfill space.
Paper Recycling For Your Business
We offer a uniquely tailored paper recycling and waste management service to each of our clients. We understand that not all businesses have the same waste requirements, that’s why we assess each of the businesses we work with and design the most effective waste and recycling system for each individual organisation.
Our eco-friendly procedures provides clients with a reliable and efficient service, every time. Our qualified waste providers are based throughout the whole of the UK, so we can provide paper recycling for all types of organisations, nationwide.
For further assistance, contact our advisers today for free advice and a free quote! We are happy to answer any queries that you may have on paper recycling for your business and are here to help. So call us today on 0800 211 83 90.