The Benefits of Recycling Waste Paper


3rs 300x226 The Benefits of Recycling Waste PaperThe very first paper made more than 2000 years ago was made from waste material. Whether or not the Chinese who were the first to make paper were concerned with waste management benefits or not is not for us to say, leave that to the archeologists. What we do know that for the first 1800 of the 2000 years that there has been paper, it was always produced from discarded material.

It is now common knowledge that paper recycle in Brisbane conserves a great deal of energy, conserves a dwindling natural resource and cuts down on the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. A cubic yard of compacted waste paper weighs about 445 pounds so it takes only a little over 4 cubic yards to weigh a ton. These 4 cubic yards of material can save 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and 4,000 watts of power. Just the energy savings alone can power the average home for 6 months and reduce carbon emissions by 1 metric ton.

When the Chinese first invented paper it was made from rags, old fishing nets, hemp and grass. Prior to this product, which was very rough, the medium for writing upon was papyrus as used extensively by the Egyptians’. As you may derive from the word Papyrus, this was the root of the word paper which was a word used by the Romans. However rough the finished products may have been, they were classified as paper and they steadily got better.

The benefits of recycling paper were first seen in 1800 when the traditional material, discarded rags and cotton was supplanted by pulp and wood fiber. At this time a patent was granted for a machine that was capable of removing the printing ink from discarded paper and then converting this to a pulp. This pulp was then re-manufactured into more paper.

Although the first paper mills to see the benefits of recycling used paper went bankrupt very quickly, the invention and its processes have been used by paper production mails worldwide.

Currently paper recycle in Brisbane accounts for close to 65%, a big increase over the rate of the early 90s when waste management benefits were not as well understood or supported by the population. Paper can be recycled about seven times before the fibers have broken down to the point where it is no longer of any value, but the seven trips through the process, multiplied by the figures mentioned earlier give you a good idea of the benefits of recycling paper.


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