Recycling Facts That Might Surprise You

Cardboard Recycling

  • Did you know that more than 90% of all products moving across the US are shipped in corrugated packages? Understandably, Old Corrugated Cardboard (or OCC) makes up a large percentage of the solid waste stream. And almost all of that comes from the non-residential or industrial sector.
  • OCC takes up a lot of space in dumpsters because of its bulk. It is unwieldy and adds to your bulk hauling costs. The most cost-efficient way to recycle cardboard is by placing a cardboard baler on site. Contact us to find out how businesses like yours have profited greatly by putting one of our balers onsite.
  • Recycling Cardboard reduces waste hauling costs and is a good source of revenue because it…
    – Frees up space
    – Creates a less-hazardous work environment
    – Is a great way to go green

Paper Recycling

  • Did you know that each day, American businesses generate enough paper to circle the globe at least 40 times? And yet more than 75% of all that office paper waste is recyclable?
  • According to researchers, making new paper from old uses 30% to 55% less energy than creating new paper, traditionally from trees. Studies have found that recycling paper reduces related air pollution by 95%.
  • Paper Recycling is one of the best ways to fight deforestation. According to the EPA, every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and more 7,000 gallons of water.

Other Materials

  • According to the EPA, we could wrap all of Texas every year with the plastic we consume.
  • Every year enough aluminum is thrown out to rebuild our commercial air fleet four times.
  • Americans go through almost 3 million plastic bottles every hour.

How do paper recyclers take the ink out of paper?

The recycled paper is first chopped, shredded or turned to pulp, and is then mixed with water to make a slurry. Then it is put through a series of washing steps during which water and soapy chemicals called surfactants take the ink out of the paper.

What happens to the ink that’s removed?

Ink usually is a by-product of paper recycling, along with other materials such as fibers and clay. Ink from recycled pulp is often used to generate energy to run the mill or it is sold along with the other removed materials to be used as compost or gravel for roads.