Did you know that over 23 percent of the waste in North America is paper products? It's a staggering statistic, but fortunately, there are ways to recycle paper products and keep them from ending up in landfills. In fact, almost 67 percent of all recycled waste is paper-related. Here's what you need to know about different types of paper recycling and why it is so important for the environment.
What Types of Paper Can Be Recycled?
While newspaper drives have existed for decades, paper recycling is constantly evolving. Today paper and paper products are broken down into multiple categories for easier recycling. Each category is typically referred to by its acronym, including:
There are many more categories and subcategories of paper recycling. The above represents a few of the more recognizable ones.
How Many Times Can Paper Be Recycled and Reused?
Paper products can be recycled and reused up to seven times. Paper has long fibers. Each time it is recycled, the fibers get shorter and shorter until they are too short to use for printing purposes. Newspaper, a low-quality paper product, is one of the few things that can be printed on paper made from short fibers. Other uses for short fiber recycling include egg cartons, packaging materials, toilet paper, and cellulose insulation.
Paper recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce and help the environment. Knowing what types of paper can be recycled and how often they can be reused can help you see the big picture for our planet.
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18 October 2022
After we made a commitment to focus on the environment as a family, we decided that it might make sense to start recycling. We focused carefully on sorting our plastic, metal, and paper, and we were able to completely overhaul how much trash we threw away. Within a few days, we were able to see a reduction in our amount of normal garbage accumulation, and an increase in the amount of materials we were sending in for recycling. It was great to teach our kids what they needed to know to protect the environment. This blog is all about learning how to recycle more effectively.