Recycling – Optimising upstream & downstream trends in the paper industry


Why recycle and what are the benefits? Most paper products can be recycled up to five times – perhaps that’s why the Pulp and Paper industry is so committed to such programmes

In the strictest sense, recycling implies that used materials are collected and processed into a fresh supply of material suitable for identical use as the original.

In practice this is seldom achieved, because of the unfavourable economics of sorting, cleaning and re-processing a relatively small volume of material.

The economies of scale, established markets and distribution systems enjoyed by producers of virgin materials, often outweigh the benefits available to recyclers from reduced energy consumption and other factors – making recycled material more expensive.

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