Recycling paper hasn’t always been so popular. Historically, paper was first recycled in the United States on a larger scale around the time of World War I and then again in World War II. This was due to the need for materials and resources during the wars, some say. Now, paper recycling is one of the most common types of recycling in the U.S. One report states that roughly 75% of the United States’ paper and paperboard mills use recovered paper. Of that statistic, 40% of the mills rely entirely on recovered paper.
Many of the mills using recovered paper are found on the East and West Coasts. There is also a large presence in the South. Complete Recycling partners with mills across the United States for your recycling needs. We can even teach your business how to properly sort and even bale your paper products to increase its value. Once your paper materials are collected, they go through a detailed recovery process.
The paper refining step in the paper recovery process focuses on decontaminating the material. Several types of equipment can be involved. And, which machinery is used depends on what the end product will be and many other factors. The idea behind the process is to eventually take out as much of the contaminates as possible. The general paper recycling process goes something like this:
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