Single paper sheets, magazines and newspapers can all be recycled. Today, 90% of paper pulp is made of wood and paper production accounts for about 35% of felled trees. It has been estimated that recycling half the world’s paper would avoid the harvesting of 20 million acres of forestland. This is a big motivation to make sure we recycle this material in bigger and bigger proportions.

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How is it collected?

Depending on the volume of paper your business creates, it can be collected in different forms. Small volumes can be bundled and left on the street or deposited in a wheelie bin. Medium sized volumes might be collected into several wheelie bins or a front end loading skip. Larger volumes usually employ a compactor to crush the paper down inside a container or a dedicated baler that crushes the cardboard into manageable bales. These bales can then be loaded onto a lorry.

Where does it go?

Recycled paper is taken to a paper mill, deinked, pulped and then turned into new paper products including toilet roll, newspapers and tissues.

How much does it cost?

Paper is one of the most common industrial waste items and recycling can substantially reduce the amount of general waste disposal required by a company. On a large scale paper recycling can actually make you money, and this can be assessed on an individual basis.