How is it recycled?
There are a number of stages to paper recycling:
- Stage 1: Collection
- Stage 2: Recycling
- Stage 3: Rolling
- Stage 4: Selling
Stage 1: Collection
The most common way paper is collected for recycling is via kerbside collection schemes - operated by your local council to make recycling at home as convenient as possible
Stage 2: Recycling
The start of the paper recycling process requires the paper to be separated into types and grades. The paper is then washed to remove any film, glue, ink and other contaminants using soapy water. Once washed the paper is then transfered to a large container, where it is mixed with water to create a pulp.
Stage 3: Rolling
The pulp is then pressed, dried and rolled into large thin sheets of recycled paper that can be over 50 miles long.
Stage 4: Selling
These rolls are now ready to be cut and used again for newspaper, books and other goods that we use and see daily.