Paper and cardboard are some of the most recycled materials on the planet. Between homes and office recycling in Australia, roughly half of paper and cardboard waste products are disposed of in a sustainable manner.
Cardboard recycling is very important for households, offices and industrial spaces in Sydney. Let’s take a look at why and how we can do more.
Who Produces Cardboard Waste?
There are three main culprits for the production of cardboard waste in Australia: households, commercial spaces and the industrial sector.
Between home and office recycling in Australia, roughly half of paper and cardboard waste products are disposed of in a sustainable manner. These numbers are slightly skewed however, with roughly 55% of landfill-destined office waste made up of paper products, while this number is a little closer to 25% from residential waste (in 2006-2007).
While these numbers are surely better today than ten years ago, they are still alarmingly low, considering the fact that 100% of cardboard can be recycled. Part of the problem is awareness – knowing what can be recycled and what cannot – and accountability; this is, people understanding their responsibility to recycle and knowing just how much difference they can make.
Why Should We Recycle Cardboard
Cardboard is organic material, meaning that when it ends up in landfill it beings to go through a process of anaerobic decomposition.
Anaerobic decomposition creates methane which is a potent greenhouse gas and is extremely detrimental to the environment. Because of this, sustainable, eco-conscious removal through a cardboard facility is the most environmentally-friendly option for green waste removal. This will require the help of rubbish removal service.
What Is The Recycling Process?
The process of making paper from raw materials has a terrible impact on the environment, whereas the recycling process is very easy, uses little energy and resources, and has incredible benefits for the environment. This is the recycling process:
Step 1: Collection
All cardboard materials are collected from homes, offices and industrial sites by a rubbish removal service. They are then taken to a recycling facility. It is vital that consumers separate their waste responsibly by placing materials in the correct bins for collection.
Step 2: The Sorting Process
At the recycling facility, the cardboard is sorted, then graded depending on the type of material. Each type is then compressed into bales for soaking.
Step 3: Pulping and Screening The Bales
The bales are places in a large vat of water where they are turned into a mixture called ‘pulp’. This mixture is then screened for materials like glue and plastics which need to be removed.
Step 4: Removing The Ink
The next step is to remove the ink. This is achieved by passing air through the pulp which produces a foam that is then washed away, removing at least 50% of the ink. Chemicals are also used to separate the ink from the pulp which is then washed away. Recycled paper tends to have a little more colour than that produced from raw materials.
Step 5: Drying The Pulp
The pulp is then poured onto a wire screen to drain and flattened to form a sheet. Then it is passed under heavy rolling pins which remove even more water and flatten the sheets out. Then it is passed under heat rollers to dry it out, and iron rollers which finally straightens it into new cardboard.
Step 6: Harnessing New Paper
The final product is rolled into large sheets of new paper, sometimes weighing up to 20 tonnes. This new cardboard is subsequently cut into smaller sheets for re-use.
How To Go About Cardboard Recycling
If you are doing a spring clean and have stacks of cardboard recycling on your hands, or work in an office or industrial workplace that produces lots of cardboard, it is very important to that you recycle all that you can.
We understand that accessing recycling facilities is time consuming, and in most cases, completely out of the question without a van, ute or station wagon to transport your waste. Sydney rubbish services have access to all the cardboard recycling facilities in Sydney and can take any amount of waste you have on your hands there quickly and efficiently.