I was wondering, if I put all that packaging cartons in the recycling bin. What will it happen to it?
Of course not every city or even every country has the facilities to do this, but it warms my heart knowing that a part of the paper is being recycled.
According to earth911, in 2011, 66.8% of paper consumed in the United States was recycled.
They say “After you put paper in your recycling bin, it's taken to a recycling center where contaminants such as plastic, glass or trash are removed. Next, the paper is sorted into different grades. For example, newspaper is a lower grade paper because it has already been recycled numerous times, while printer paper is higher grade paper. The grade of paper is determined by fiber length, which shortens after each trip through the recycling process.”
What bothers me is the amount of water used for this process.
The process of waste paper recycling 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 strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material; this resulting mixture is called pulp (or slurry). It is strained through screens, which remove any glue or plastic that may still be in the mixture then cleaned, de-inked, bleached, and mixed with water. Finally, it can be made into new recycled paper for mass consumption.
So, while you and I think recycling is a good thing, it is better to avoid using and consuming. What do you think?
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