Can all of my recovered paper
As much as 80% of the content of typical
recovered paper can actually be used in the recycling
process, but 20% cannot. A lot of what's contained
in a bale of recovered "paper" isn't paper!
Trash, such as wire, staples, paper clips, and plastic,
must be removed during pulping, cleaning, and screening.
This trash is usually sent to a landfill, just like
your trash at home.
Recovered paper contains some fibers
which have become too small to be recycled into
paper. Your recovered paper may contain fibers which
already have been recycled one, twice, or perhaps
several times! Wood fibers can only be recycled
five to seven times before they become too short
and brittle to be made into new paper.
Recovered paper contains many other
ingredients which are not paper fibers. Just take
a look at a magazine and you'll see what we mean.
The printed pages contain lots of ink. If the pages
are shiny, that portably means they are coated with
clay or other materials. Magazines also contain
adhesives which bind the pages together. Ink, coatings,
and adhesives must be removed from the paper before
recycled paper can be produced.