Recycling is a concept that ALL we humans who inhabit this Earth should be involved in . . . But it’s a good idea to do a little research and be informed about the do’s and the don’t regarding. This article sheds some light on common myths about paper recycling …
Recovered paper – the paper and cardboard from our recycling bins – is a valuable raw material, and South Africa has been using it as an alternative fibre in papermaking since 1920.
MISTAKE 1: Recycling Paper To ‘Save Trees’
- Recycling is a space saver: one tonne of paper saves three cubic metres of landfill space (and the associated costs).
- Recycling creates jobs – big and small companies as well as informal collectors make money (and employ people) through the recovery and processing of clean, quality recyclable paper.
- Given that land suitable for the commercial growing of trees is limited, virgin fibre is supplemented with recovered paper. On the other hand, an injection of virgin fibre is also needed in the papermaking process because paper fibres shorten and weaken each time they are recycled.
MISTAKE 2: Believing That Paper is Bad for the Environment
MISTAKE 3: Putting Non-Recyclable Paper Products Into the Recycling Bin
MISTAKE 4: Food Contamination
- Place receptacles for paper recycling next to bins for food, liquid and non-recyclable waste – with clear and simple messaging and graphics.
- Communicate the importance of waste separation.
MISTAKE 5: Making it Difficult and Time-Consuming for Employees to Recycle
- In the kitchen and bathrooms
- At your desk
- At printing/copying stations
- In meeting and break rooms
- In reception
MISTAKE 6: Not Knowing What to do With, or What Happens to your Recyclables