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How is Paper Recycled?

  1. Used newspapers and magazines are collected from paper banks and kerbside recycling schemes and transported to the paper mill.  White paper is also collected, but the two different types of paper are taken to different mills and recycled separately.
  2. At the paper mill, conveyor belts feed the old paper into the Fibre Preparation Plant, where it goes into the giant pulpers.
  3. Water and chemicals are mixed with the waste paper inside the pulpers. This washes the ink and other contaminants off the paper fibres.  The soggy, mushy paper is now called pulp.
  4. The pulp is then injected between two wire meshes to form a damp paper sheet. This is dried to form the new recycled paper.
  5. The dried paper is polished and then rolled into jumbo reels, some 9.2 metres wide and weighing more than 30 tonnes.  The paper reels are then cut into smaller sizes to be sold.

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