Paper recycling saves between 28-70% of the energy required to manufacture new paper. Most of the energy used to produce paper is pulping the wood to turn it into paper.
Recycled paper also uses significantly less water and less chemicals than new paper.
Most councils collect paper from the kerbside. Paper can also be recycled at a local civic amenity site.
New copies of telephone directories and Yellow Pages are delivered every year. Rather than throwing the old copy away see if your local council will take them; or find out if a local school is collecting them - you may helping your local school receive a cash prize.
How to recycle your office paper
Most paper used in offices is of high grade and is demand from the paper industry. It is important to set up a paper recycling scheme, you may require a seperate box in each area of the building for white paper.
Check with your waste management company if they have procudures for collection of waste paper, or you could get in touch with your local authority.
There are specialised companies that deal in the disposal of confidential waste paper, if you have a high volume it may be worth contacting them.
Reducing your paper usage
When you do use paper, try to use both sides of each sheet of paper: childrens drawings, writing notes for yourself, printing off test prints from the computer - there are lots of times you can reuse the second side of a sheet of paper.
Get rid of junk mail
If you dislike receiving junk mail through the letter-box each day, you can do both yourself and the environment a favour by joining up to the Mail Preference Service .
The Mail Preference Service allows you to opt-out of receiving junk mail - reducing the amount of wasted paper and transportation, and reducing the amount of rubbish you throw away at the end of each day.
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