Paper, which includes everything from junk mail to newspaper, accounts for a big chunk of the municipal solid waste stream at 33%. Paper is also one of the most recovered materials, as recycling opportunities are often readily available. By recycling one ton of paper we save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil, according to the EPA.
Paper Can be Recycled 5-7 Times
Paper consists of fibers. Papers with longer fibers, such as office paper, are more valuable. As papers get recycled repeatedly over time, the fibers get shorter. But papers with shorter fibers can still be made into new products such as newspaper or toilet paper. After the paper is recycled 5-7 times, (or sometimes referred to “7 generations”) the fibers in the paper get too short to be recycled and they need to be mixed in with virgin fibers.
After the papers are sorted and baled, the bales are stored until they are transported to a paper mill. At the paper mill, the bales are broken down to be shredded and processed into paper rolls, and made into new paper products later.
Vertical Balers Ideal for Paper Recycling
M30STD – A small down stroke baler that can be used for paper and other recyclables.
M30HD – A heavy-duty down stroke baler that takes up very little space.
M42BC – A button-controlled down stroke baler ideal for stock rooms.
M42HD – A portable down stroke baler that is heavy-duty.
M60MD – A manual down stroke baler that is medium-sized and heavy-dut but still fits under a standard ceiling.
M60STD – A standard down stroke baler with a winning combination of performance and value, that make it one of our most popular balers.
M72HD – The most productive baler on the market today, the M72HD bales more in less time and with less space.
S60XD – An extra density down stroke baler, with a unique combination of power and flexibility.
T60XD – A versatile baler that can be configured as a rear feed baler for very high capacity situations or a simple front feed system where space is at a premium.
Horizontal Balers Ideal For Paper Reycling
HM-A160 Open End Auto Tie Horizontal Baler – The HM-A160 Open End Auto Tie Baler is ideal for recyclers who are working with high volumes of corrugated cardboard, cartons, tissue, newspaper, or other paper products.
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