What is the Importance and Process of Paper Recycling?
Recycling paper helps preserve the environment and can be an excellent way to recover lost revenue for your business. Depending on the size of your operation and the amount and type of waste paper products you produce, there is a waste recycle option that is right for you. At Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC, we provide recycling management and can help you choose the best recycling option for your business.
What Kinds of Paper Products do you Handle?
We handle a wide selection of paper recycling, including packing materials, newsprint, magazines, directories, post-consumer paper and even shredded documents.
How is Paper Recycled?
The process of recycling paper is relatively simple. It begins with gathering the waste materials and ends with new paper products. Here's how it works:
- Contaminants are removed at the recycling center. This typically includes paper clips, staples and pieces of plastic from packing materials.
- Paper is sorted by grades, baled and shipped to the processor.
- Pulpers at the processing mill shred the paper and mix it with water and chemicals to break down the fibers. Heat is applied to speed the breakdown of the wood fibers in the paper and create a slurry of wood fibers.
- The pulverized paper and fibers are screened to remove any remaining contaminants.
- It is then cleaned, and the inks are removed by spinning the pulp in a cone-shaped cylinder.
- The pulp is then sprayed onto a conveyer belt, and the water is allowed to drip through the screen on the belt. This causes the fibers in the pulp to begin to bond.
- Heated rollers then dry the paper and bond the fibers.
- The paper is placed on large rolls that will be used to make new paper products.
How is Recycled Paper Used?
Recycled paper is used to make a host of products. While you are probably already familiar with many of the uses, some may surprise you. They include:
- Paper Bags
- Packing Materials
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Hospital Gowns
- Coffee Filters
- Gift Cards
- Holiday Decorations
- Photo Frames
What are the Benefits of Recycling Paper?
Revenue from your recycling efforts is not the only benefit to recycling paper. It helps the environment in a several ways; it reduces the demand for virgin timber, which means more trees are left to thrive and grow to remove carbon dioxide from the air. It also reduces the amount of energy used to produce new paper products, saving the equivalent of the energy of 185 gallons of gasoline per ton of recycled paper. Recycling reduces the amount of trash in landfills by three cubic yards per ton and conserves 7,000 gallons of water, too.
Contact us at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC for a consultation if you are ready to get serious about your recycling efforts. We can help you decide on which recycling plans make the most sense for you, your business and the environment.