19 Mar '13, 1pm

Everything You Need to Know About Paper Recycling via @Earth911

Everything You Need to Know About Paper Recycling via @Earth911

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. After being recycled five to seven times, the fibers become too short to make new paper and will need to be mixed with virgin fibers, according to the EPA . Ever heard that paper has "seven generations"? That phrase refers to how many times paper can be recycled before its fibers become too short.

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2013/03/19/paper-recycling-detai...

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