Many of us throw paper in our recycling bins without too much thought, but believe it or not, people have been paper making for 2000 years. Paper recycling might seem like the sort of thing best left to paper mills, but it turns out you can recycle your own paper at home without too much trouble.
How Paper is Recycled
- Paper is taken from the bin and deposited in a large recycling container along with paper from other recycling bins.
- The paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades.
- The separated paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a large holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’.
- By adding different materials to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.
- The slurry is spread using large rollers into large thin sheets.
- The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and sent back to the shops.