How is Paper Recycled? – By the Paper Shredding Experts Ecoshred UK
Ever wondered how paper is recycled – at ecoshred we understand the science and the practicalities of paper shredding.
Trees are made up of cellulose fibers that are held together with a glue-like substance called lignin. This makes trees strong enough to use for building houses and furniture. When wood is cooked, the cellulose is separated from the lignin to make wood pulp. This pulp is made into paper.
The Chinese discovered that they could make a thin paste of mulberry bark, hemp and rags and let it dry into a sheet in the sun. Many types of paper are now made from wood.
The modern day method of making paper is very similar to hundreds of years ago, however the way we recycle paper has changed. Shredded and assorted paper is mixed with chemicals that dissolve the glue-like lignin holding the paper fibers together. This process leaves a pulp made of cellulose fibers and lots of water. The pulp is then flattened is put on a screen to let the water drain away. The fibers remain to form a sheet of paper that is dried and put on a roll. Used paper can be recycled upto 7 times depending on the grade and can be turned in lots of useful items that can be sold back onto the market.
At ecoshred we operate on 100% recycling scheme and can help with your green commitments to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. We specialise in confidential document shredding and paper shredding in Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington and across the North West. For more information on our confidential waste and recycling service visit www.ecoshreduk.com or contact us on 0800 612 9595.