For the environment and industry, the recycling of paper is not what people imagine-it will always make profits or reduce costs.
People think that items are the best recyclable, which is the main reason why we often send empty glass bottles and old newspapers to the recycling station. We believe that by storing those recyclable items and regularly driving 10 minutes away to the nearest recycling station, we have done a good thing for our environment, ourselves, and our children. Seeing that the waste products have been properly recycled, when we drove home on the way, we felt extremely proud and thought that we had done too right! But have you ever wondered what to do next with this recycled waste?
Take recycled paper as an example. Every few days or every week, a large truck will take away the waste from the recycling station and send it to the nearest waste paper processing plant or recycling center. The waste is sorted and sent to the processing plant, or the waste is sent directly to the paper mill for sorting and beating the waste.
In the UK, a group of paper manufacturers uses waste paper to produce recycled paper. People living around the paper mill can send waste products to the paper mill without having to travel far. However, those who live far away from the paper mill have to drive a long way for the recycling of old newspapers. Factory, is it cost-effective to do so? For example, is road fuel consumption more harmful to the environment than waste products?
British printers are also facing the same confusion because the paper of these printed materials is recyclable. Recently, the British government and news publishers reached an agreement to require publishers to recycle newspapers up to a certain percentage of their circulation. This agreement puts publishers under a certain pressure to some extent. Publishers agreed that the percentage of newspapers recycled would reach 60% by 2001, 65% by 2003, and 70% by 2006. Some packaging printers are also subject to the constraints of the European Packaging Waste Steering Committee, requiring measures to be taken to recycle waste products and achieve a certain recycling rate.
Although the government actively encourages paper recycling, it should be remembered that the production capacity of the country’s three newspaper mills is already operating at full capacity, and the recycled paper can only be processed by increasing papermaking capacity.
This means investing millions of pounds to transform new paper mills. Until then, people may find other uses for recycling waste paper, such as burning waste paper to produce energy. This may make the investment of the new paper mill less meaningful.
Moreover, the increased use of recycled paper cannot reduce the demand for pure pulp. Paper fiber can only be reused about 6 times, and the fiber loses strength after 6 times. Therefore, it is necessary to add the pure pulp to recycled paper to increase strength and improve printing performance.