Recycling is the process of turning waste and used items into new, useful materials or products. This not only gives the old items a new lease of life, it also reduces the amount of raw material used to make new things from scratch.
In the UK alone, we produce enough rubbish in eight months to fill Lake Windermere or enough to fill London’s Albert Hall in just two hours!
Recycling in the Paper Industry
The process of waste paper recycling involves mixing old paper with water and chemicals to break it down. After this first stage, it is then chopped up and heated, which breaks it down further and this resulting mixture is called pulp.
Paper recycling in Europe has already made significant strides and the industry is now seeking to make another move forward with an enhanced rate of 74% by 2020 building on the progress achieved since 2000 by preceding European Declarations on Paper Recycling.
There are organisations such as the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC), set up in order to monitor progress towards meeting higher paper recycling targets.
The paper industry has become more self-sufficient. Today, 95.2% of electricity is produced on-site in paper mills using the energy-efficient combined heat and power method.
Many of the mills we source from in Europe are self sustaining meaning that they are producing more recycled materials that we can supply to our end-users.
Our Recycled Products
The pulp used for newsprint production by suppliers in Europe is typically recycled whereas suppliers in other areas such as U.S.A, Canada or Russia tend to use virgin pulp. At PG Paper, we can offer newsprint on a prime made to order and stocklot basis from sources all over the world.
Kraft paper is made from recycled material has a lower strength and tear resistance level but is still suitable for heavy duty packaging applications and is more environmentally friendly.
With the increasing awareness of environmental concerns most companies are turning to kraft paper as an economically and environmentally friendly solution.