The secure document destruction community is responsible for an average of about 49% of the nation’s annual paper recycling each year. With several tons of paper being shredded each day, it’s vital that companies like Shred-on-Site are on the cusp of supporting the country with its national recycling commitment. The national objective to decrease the amount of landfill waste and to increase the volume of direct recycled paper remains clear. It’s up to us and our clients to hit the targets and stop paper from hitting the landfill.
What is the Shredding and Recycling process?
Shred-on-Site collects the paper from the customer’s premises on an agreed date. The paper is stored in one of our secure receptacles and then taken to our trucks to be shredded on-site. The paper goes through our super fine shredding machine which shreds it down to tiny pieces. The paper is then taken back to our Head Office where it is bailed up and sent to be recycled.
How is paper recycled?
The paper waste that we bail up gets taken to one of our approved recycling centres. Here the paper is washed in a soapy water to remove ink stains, plastic and any glue deposits. The paper is then mashed down using more water into a ‘slurry’. Adding different materials to the slurry, new paper, card and even newspaper can be created.
End to end products born
Once the slurry is prepared, it can then be rolled out into thin sheets. The rolled paper is left to dry and can then be cut into new products to hit our offices. Look out for paper that carries the recycled mark. Recycled stock is great to use and often cheaper than other products. Furthermore, it can be reused again and again without harming our rainforests.
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