Paper Recycling

Paper recycling is the process of turning waste paper into new paper products. This recycling process 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 a mixture called pulp or slurry. It is then strained, cleaned, de-inked, bleached, and mixed with water to make new recycled paper. Recycling one ton of newsprint saves about a ton of wood.

Recycling one ton of printing paper saves slightly more than two tons of wood.

It has been estimated that recycling half the worlds paper would avoid harvesting 20 million acres of forest land.

About 35% of our garbage by weight is paper products. Recycling one ton of paper saves about 17 trees.

Paper products recycled in our Keokuk, Iowa program include but is not limited to the following.

Office Paper

Copy Paper

Notebook Paper

Cardboard Boxes

Newspapers

Magazines

Junk Mail

Envelopes

Books