As part of the new Landfill Directive regulations that came into effect on 30th October 2007, all non-liquid trade waste has to be pre-treated before any of it can be disposed of as landfill. Segregating paper waste from general waster ensures that all paper is diverted form landfill and recycled.
Why Recycle Paper?
What happens to it?
Paper that is sent to landfill will rot very slowly in the landfill site and will remain there for at least 10 years whilst producing methane. Paper that is recycled is sent to a paper mill. The ink is washed off and then the paper is pulped by mixing it up with water. The pulp is then dried and flattened to make new sheets of paper.
How many times can a piece of paper be recycled?
A single piece of paper can contain new fibres as well as fibres which have already been recycled once, twice, or more. Papermaking fibre can typically be recycled 5-7 times before they become too short to be recycled again.
Paper Recycling Facts
Making recycled paper instead of new paper uses 64 percent less energy and uses 58 percent less water.
Recycling one ton of paper typically saves about 6.7 cubic yards of landfill space.
Worldwide, over 95 million metric tons of paper is recovered each year to be made into recycled paper and paperboard. Recovered fibre makes up over one-third of the total fibre used to make the worlds paper.
Recovery of office paper has more than doubled since 1998. In 1996, 3,810,000 tons of office paper was recovered, up from 1,600,000 tons in 1990.
Resources Saved Per Ton of Paper Recycled
· 17 trees
· 350 lbs of limestone
· 9,000 lbs of steam
· 60,000 gal of water
· 225 kilowatt hours
· 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
· 4077 kilo watt hours of energy