Recycle Centre

Paper Recycling

Paper is an example of a valuable material that can be recycled. Its wood fibres are reused five to seven times before they become too short and brittle.  Over 40% of paper consumed is recycled in South Africa.  We still have a long way to go as the European Union and Canada recycled 64% and 58% in 2007 respectively.

What can be recycled?

–  paper and corrugated cardboard

–  egg cartons

–  fruit trays

–  old magazines

–  old telephone directories

–  old memos/letters

–  computer paper

–  used photocopy paper

–  windowless envelopes

–  old books (but these should rather be given to libraries or schools)

–  pale coloured paper (invoices, etc.)

–  newspapers

Some paper-based packaging products are, however, problematic to recycle. Among them are products that have had plastic and foil laminates included, as well as corrugated boxes treated with wax for water resistance.

Some Interesting facts about paper manufacturing/recycling:

–  The trees grown for pulp production are all from plantations – tree farms – and no natural forests are harvested

–  Plantation forestry in South Africa is among the best managed in the world

–  2.5 barrels of oil are saved by recycling 1 ton of paper

–  1 ton of non-recycled printing and office paper uses 24 trees

–  1 ton of non-recycled newsprint uses 12 trees

–  1 ton of 30% recycled copier paper saves 7.2 trees

–  1 ton of 50% recycled copier paper saves 12 trees

–  Paper made for newsprint, telephone directories, base sheet for low-cost coated magazine and catalogue papers, etc, uses trees about twice as efficiently as paper made for office and printing, letterhead, business cards, copy paper, base sheet for higher-quality coated magazine, catalogue, advertising papers etc.

–  Recycling 1 ton of newspaper eliminates 3 cubic meters of landfill.

–  The United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ (EPA) has found that recycling causes 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice;

if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;

if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

Chinese proverb