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Both households and commercial businesses generate huge volumes of old paper, card and cardboard every single day. These three material streams – simply known as old paper – can be used to make a valuable recycled raw material which is perfect for manufacturing new paper and cardboard products. Systematically using these sustainable recycled paper products not only helps conserve the primary raw material, wood, it also helps protect the environment and combat climate change.
Forests fulfil a vital function all around the world – producing oxygen and reducing greenhouse gases. It is, therefore, simply not sustainable for every one in five trees felled to be used to produce paper.
One alternative to cutting down our forests is to use envir-onmentally friendly recycled paper. Up to 100 percent of recycled paper can be made using old paper, as paper fibres can, on average, be recycled up to six times. Far less energy and water are needed to produce recycled paper compared to the production of paper from fresh pulp. Other benefits: fewer carbon emissions, fewer chemicals and fewer pollutants in the wastewater. These significant ecological and economic advantages have led to old paper becoming the most important raw material for manufacturing paper and cardboard in Germany. The country has a network of so-phisticated collection and recycling schemes in place – not least thanks to REMONDIS’ extensive operations in this area. Many other countries, however, have yet to set up the systems needed to enable them to make the most of their old paper.
Our network of plants and facilities includes eleven modern paper sorting plants, some of which are able to handle 120,000 tonnes of paper, card and cardboard every year. The company’s facilities separate and pack the material into around 100 different categories of old paper.