Recently many recycling centers have stopped processing all paper products except for cardboard. That included everything from office paper to cereal boxes. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any options for Lexington, KY and surrounding residents and businesses. Paper recycling is still being managed by Central Kentucky Fiber Resources.
The Markets for Paper Are Down, and Recycling is Down With It
Various recycling centers have pulled back on recycling paper because there is a limited market for it. In the past, paper products were processed and then sold internationally. Today, many countries such as China are refusing to purchase processed paper products, leaving some recycling plants without any market for the processed materials.
Some recycling companies have been cutting back on collection centers, while others have simply discontinued the processing of paper products.
However, since Central Kentucky Fiber Resources is source-separated at point of pickup, paper and cardboard products can still be refined. Other methods of recycling are less efficient and with higher overhead, which naturally leads to additional pullback when the market is in dire straits.
Cardboard is Still Being Processed
Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) are still being processed by most recycling centers, as OCC still has some market, and is easier to process successfully. Residents of Lexington and some surrounding areas have been directed to throw away their paper, but it's still possible to drop off OCC at some collection centers.
That being said, even OCC is seeing reduced need and use. For cardboard boxes, the solution may be to use fewer cardboard boxes altogether and to reduce the amount of products that are being shipped back and forth.
Reducing Waste is Key to Paper Product Recycling
With the overall demand for recycled paper products down, it's more important than ever for individuals and businesses to reduce their waste. Rather than recycling, they should instead avoid using products. Businesses can:
- Use digital versions of documents rather than physical versions of documents, cutting down their need for printing.
- Use multi-use boxes rather than single-use boxes and containers, using cardboard boxes multiple times.
- Print on both sides of the paper, rather than one side of the paper, and use smaller font sizes company-wide.
Reducing paper products is more effective for the environment. While Central Kentucky Fiber Resources is still processing paper products, the demand for the resulting product simply isn't there. Of course, recycling is still very important for businesses in general.
For more information about recycling paper products and cardboard, contact the experts at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC.