Cardboard and Paper

Why Recycle Cardboard?

From food to consumer goods, cardboard is clearly here to stay. The UK alone produces over 8 million tonnes of cardboard for packaging every year, which amounts to about 140 large cardboard boxes for everyone in the country per year. But the good news is that it is a recyclable material.

How is Cardboard Recycled?

Cardboard is made from cellulose fibres which are created from wood pulp. To reverse the process, for the purpose of recycling, the cardboard is soaked and agitated, to release the fibres which can then be pulped.

Recycled cardboard products include:

  • Paper bags
  • New Cardboard
  • Paperboard for Packaging
  • Squiggly medium part cardboard

Why Use RTS for this service?

RTS Waste captures cardboard from dedicated collections as well as through co-mingled dry mixed recycle collections. Our Materials Recovery Facilities and our separate baler system is operated to produce full size mill bales of cardboard that is then shipped for recycling to produce new products.

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It is critically important for all businesses to understand the importance of recycling and protecting our environment.

Call on RTS Waste Management for professional advice.  020 7232 1711 and order your Cardboard recycling container today:

Why Recycle Paper?

The average person in the UK gets through 38kg of newspapers per year and it takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.

Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials. The quantity of paper being recycled can be increased by the introduction of desktop recycling boxes. This actively encourages staff to recycle paper at their desks and helps prevent paper being put into desk side waste paper bins.

How is Paper Recycled?

Paper recycling is the process of turning waste paper into new paper products. There are three categories of paper that can be used as feed stocks for making recycled paper:

  • Mill Broke paper is scrap and paper trimmings
  • Pre Consumer paper which is discarded by manufacturers before it reaches consumers
  • Post-Consumer paper such as old newspapers, magazines, office paper and directories

The process of paper recycling involves mixing used paper with water and chemicals to break it down. It is then chopped up and heated, which breaks it down further into strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material; this resulting mixture is called pulp, or slurry. It is strained through screens, which remove any glue or plastic that may still be in the mixture then cleaned, de-inked, bleached, and mixed with water. Then it can be made into new paper. The same fibres can be recycled about seven times, but they get shorter every time and eventually are strained out.

It is critically important for all businesses to understand the importance of recycling and protecting our environment. Call on RTS Waste Management for professional advice. Call 0207 232 1711