Paper Recycling

Paper Recycling

This is what typically happens to paper collected for recycling in NZ.

Paper comes in various forms, each type is determined by the use of the paper: strength, whiteness, flexibility, ease and quality of ink printing, resistance to UV light.

WHITE PAPER consists of hard (not coated) and soft (coated) wood free white paper trims from printers (can include Candida envelopes, Spicers trim and rejects). All white paper is pre-consumer and is sourced from printers. This becomes similar clean white paper, mixed becomes card, newspapers and magazines etc.

OFFICE PAPER is higher quality mixed paper, 60% white or lightly tinted, 20% newspapers/magazines, 20% others such as envelopes and pads etc. All office waste is post-consumer waste and comes from many office-type environments. When recycled all white paper becomes similar clean white paper, mixed becomes card, newspapers and magazines etc.

MIXED PAPER is all non sorted paper, or parts-of, that have been mixed together. Most mixed paper is post-consumer waste and typically comes from schools, printers and newsagents.
Products types remanufactured include card, newspapers and magazines etc.

SHREDDED LEDGER PAPER is derived from document destruction. Usually sorted to exclude cardboard, magazines, newspaper & other ground-wood paper. All ledger security paper is post-consumer waste and is sourced from offices dealing with confidential information and where document destruction is needed (such as lawyers, hospitals, corporate offices and banks). This usually becomes card, newspapers and magazines etc.

OVER ISSUE MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER is coated ground wood newspaper and magazine sections from web presses. All over issue paper is pre-consumer and usually directly sourced from printers. It is often mixed with fly-leaf shavings as this is waste from the same print process. This usually becomes magazines and books.

UNPRINTED NEWS is clean unprinted newspaper or coated mechanical paper. All unprinted newspaper is pre-consumer waste. There are 2 types: Newsprint or Coated Mechanical and both typically sourced from printers. This usually becomes magazines and books.

FLYLEAF SHAVINGS are magazine off-cuts and trimmings from web presses. All leaf shavings paper is pre-consumer and is usually directly sourced from printers. It is often mixed with over issue paper as this is waste from same print process. Usually this resource becomes magazines and books.

MAGAZINE (sections) is magazine paper from web presses. All magazines sections paper is preconsumer and is usually directly sourced from printers. It is often mixed with flyleaf shavings as this is waste from the same print process. Usually this resource becomes magazines and books.

SUPER MIX consistes of high-gloss magazines and posters. Super mix paper is pre-consumer and is sourced from printers. Usually this resource becomes coated book-stock and wood-free paper.

POLYCUP STOCK is polyethylene coated paper cups (hold hot and cold drinks).
All polycup stock paper is pre-consumer and is sourced from manufacturers. The high quality bleached Kraft paper is stripped away from the polyethylene coating (waste) and then used as white Kraft paper.

TISSUE is fine paper tissue off-cuts and is pre-consumer waste. It is surced from tissue manufacturers and usually becomes tissues or paper.

ENVELOPE TRIM consists of envelope off-cuts. All envelope trim is pre-consumer and is sourced from envelope manufacturers. This is a special grade of paper as glue and plastic windows have to be removed, usually becomes cardboard or newspapers.

 

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How Paper is Recycled

How Paper is Recycled

A great video providing insights into the whole paper recycling process.
 
 

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