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How to Sort Paper Products for Recycling?

10/25/2013 9:28:08 AM | by Anonymous

Paper Products

When it comes to recycling, all types of paper products are not created equally. Some of the paper products have higher quality as they are made of higher quality paper, thus they worth more and should be sorted separately from the lower quality paper. It is fairly important to understand the differences between the types of paper and paper products. Understanding the difference between the types would provide a clear arrangement on how these paper products should be sorted for recycling within the community or workplace to create a greener environment. Recycling paper products serves several important purposes. These includes reducing green house gas emissions that can affect climate change, reducing water consumption, energy and saving land fill spaces. Also, paper waste dominates the entire economy but that it is fortunate that paper is easy and especially suited for recycling.


The first step is to contact the department of public works within the community. This is to determine whether the paper products should be sorted for recycling. Different places may have different recycling criteria and requirements. This is due to the fact that some cities and towns are now using mixed recycling containers which mean that residents do not need to sort the paper, plastics and glass separately. This helps to save time and effort in the separation of products. However, there are still other communities who have strict recycling guidelines that must be adhered to in order to have the recyclables picked up. This would include breaking down cardboards and binding them with twine so that it will be easier for pick up.


Next, it is important to check if paper products have food or grease contamination. This is because these contaminated materials are not eligible for recycling and must be discarded immediately instead of recycling. Additionally, plastic inserts and rubber bands should also be removed from paper products such as magazines, newpapers etc. This is prior to placing them in the various recycling containers.


After all that is done, users can learn to identify the types of paper products and cardboards that are not eligible to be recycled. Juice and milk cartons that have been coated with layers of wax are not eligible for recycling and are to be discarded. In certain communities, cardboard boxes cannot be sorted with paper products for the curbside pick up and are then recycled else where.


For those who wish to conduct paper product recycling in the office can also do so by first setting up a paper recycling center that has two distinct bins. One for office papers, the other for mixed paper such as newspapers and other types of paper products. This is because of the high value of printer and copier paper, it is thus important for it to be sorted out and collected separately for recycling in their specific locations.


After which, it is time to locate a paper dealer in the area to have the paper products picked up and compensated for them. Before committing to a company, ensure that all doubts are clear and that plenty of questions have been asked with regards to understand the terms and conditions set by the company, methods of handling, confidentiality materials and any potential charges that can incur from the recycling process.


Last but not least, entitle each employee to their very own recycling containers to be kept at their desks. This is to encourage their participation in the recycling of paper products and also an effort in saving the earth. The more convenient it is for employees to recycle within their means, the higher and more likely chances of them actively participating in the recycling process.

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