Making, Recycling & Reusing Paper & Card

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Overview

Global
Production

Largest global waste stream

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Raw Material
Impact

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Production
Impact

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Distribution
Impact

Light and strong enough

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Household
use/year

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Recycling
Benefits

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Reuse
Benefits

Can’t be easily reused

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Waste
Decompostion

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Production levels

  • Paper use is steadily increasing, year on year, and recently exceeded 400 million tonnes per year (Environmental Paper)

Wrapping & packaging accounts for 55% of paper and card useEnvironmental Paper dot Org

Household use

Recycling

  • Across the 28 countries of the EU, the recycling rate (reported in March 2019) for paper and cardboard packaging waste has reached 85.8%, the highest in the study’s history and the largest of all the packaging materials analysed (Packaging Europe)
  • Recycling of paper has become a major trend in the paper and paper board industry, primarily due to unavailability or scarcity of the raw material. Recycled paper is the major source of the raw material for most of paper mills in the developing as well as developed countries (Recycling Magazine)
  • Recycling 1 metric tonne of 100% RECYCLED PAPER instead of virgin paper saves 4.4 metric tonnes of wood, equivalent to 26 trees (Environmental Paper)
  • Recycling 1 metric tonne of 100% RECYCLED NEWSPRINT instead of virgin paper 2.3 metric tonnes of wood, equivalent to 14 trees (Environmental Paper)

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