Script for video: Paper - how it's recycled
As a nation we get through 12.5 million tonnes of paper each year.
Recycling paper reduces energy use and CO2 and diverts paper waste from landfill where it rots and produces greenhouse gasses. To start the recycling process:
- Paper is collected, sorted, and graded.
- At the paper mill it is pulped in a tank containing chemicals and water which separates the fibres.
- It is screened to filter out paper clips, CDs and other debris and then cleaned and de inked by being spun in a cone shaped container.
- Whitening agents are added as required and the pulp mixture which is 99% water and 1% fibre is then pumped on the paper machine.
- It is passed over a vibrating screen which removes most of the water.
- Paper passes through a series of large heated rollers until the correct moisture content and thickness levels are achieved, and is then wound onto huge rolls.
- The large rolls are then divided into smaller reels, packed and stored until they are dispatched to the printers.
Find out more about the recycling process from recyclenow.com