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The guide that tells you how to recycle – paper

5 December 2016

Find out the best ways to reduce waste and become green

As we promised in the previous article on the introduction of waste management today The GreenWatcher shows you the first chapter on paper recycling. The aim is to awaken more and more users to have a sustainable lifestyle and choose ecosustainability everyday. Have you ever wondered: “And now where do I throw away it? Well, after reading this guide you will have no more doubts!

Recycling paper to produce new one is possible almost totally. Paper represents around the 20% of the total mass of garbage produced, so it is important to avoid waste and differentiate the same materials from the others. Furthermore producing new paper consumes more trees, water and electricity and for these reasons a good ecosustainable policy can not do without recycling to save also natural and energy resources.

Now we analyze what we can put in the paper bin. The detailed list is written down: newspapers and magazines, wrapping without metal wires, packaging (pasta and rice packaging for example or egg trays…), empty boxes of medicines, paper bags, corrugated paper boxes, tetrapack containers for beverages (milk and juices envelopes), photocopies, drawing paper, books, brochures, not plasticized flyers and exercise books.

What is it forbidden to put in the paper bin? Here is the answer: dirty paper of food or other substances, greaseproof or plasticized paper, fax paper, plasticized paper dishes, glasses and cutlery, carbon paper, wallpaper, vellum, baking paper, paper with glue residues and all the other materials that are not paper. Everything that you can not throw in the paper bin, generally coloured yellow, will converge in that one of mixed waste.

When waste is thrown away in the right bin it is important to respect some rules: avoid crumpling up sheets, shred the bulky paper, flatten boxes. Also pay attention not to introduce paper within plastic bags and to eliminate transparent films to newspapers and magazines because, otherwise, the eco-friendly value of waste management would be deleted. Then, whit regard to books, just a recommendation, before throwing them think twice or, better, donate them to libraries or cultural associations.