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Recycling Office Paper & Cardboard
Responsible protection of your confidential information outflow is imperative, however it is important to remember that this is not the end of your documents lifecycle. With appropriate strategies which are “Sustainable and Wholeistic”, you can be sure your contribution to our environment makes a difference by recycling your shredded paper waste.
Paper and cardboard are one of the mostly commonly recycled products in Australian workplaces. Recycling collections or drop-off services are readily available in many areas, provided by councils or commercial recyclers. Clean mixed paper and cardboard is recycled into a variety of paper products. Lower grade products can be recycled or composted as organic waste. It is important to purchase paper products with recycled content in order to close the loop and support the recycled paper market.
About Paper and Cardboard Recycling
Paper can be recycled up to eight times (AMCOR).
Paper and cardboard can be recycled into other products such as packaging, toilet paper and egg cartons.
Every year around 3.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard is used in Australia. This is enough to fill 160,000 large semi trailers (Visy Recycling).
Importance of Recycling Paper and Cardboard
When paper and cardboard are disposed of in landfill rather than recycled, it creates methane as it breaks down. Methane is a major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming with a life span 21 times longer than carbon dioxide (Visy Recycling). When recycled it saves trees, water and energy use and buying recycled paper closes the loop.
Manufacturing recycled paper can use up to 90% less water and 50% less energy than making it from trees (Sustainability Victoria).
Using recycled paper saves trees. For every 100 reams of recycled office paper that is printed doubled sided will save two trees, more than one tonne of greenhouse gas and almost a cubic metre of landfill space compared to 100 reams of paper that is not recycled or printed doubled sided (Sustainability Victoria).
Cardboard – Cartons
Plain cardboard is easily and effectively recycled while waxed cardboard is not suitable for recycling, can be effectively composted. This diverts large amounts of waste from landfill and associated waste management costs.
Ezishred Paper & Cardboard Recycling Partners