Do you always neatly separate your paper and cardboard? On the corner of almost every street in The Hague there is an (underground) container where you can throw old paper. But what is actually done with it? Does it end up in one big heap together with the residual waste or does it get a second life? We explain it here.
Boxes, leaflets, envelopes, letters and cardboard packaging: our houses are full of them. You can hand in old paper in The Hague at some schools and throw it in the underground containers.
Clean and dry
Waste paper goes to the paper processor. There it is dumped, sorted, cleaned and pressed into different types of bales. Colored, written and white paper all form a different bale. The bales go to paper and cardboard factories where they make new paper from the pulp. A paper fiber can hold up to 25 be reused times; provided that the waste paper and cardboard are clean and dry.
Not all types of paper are processed
Actually waste paper and cardboard are therefore not waste, but rather raw materials for making new paper. Not all types of paper are suitable for recycling. Cardboard and paper that is dirty and types of paper such as wallpaper, toilet paper and tissues cannot be processed. Fun fact: 25 percent of the used paper and cardboard (non-packaging) is collected and reused (Source: PRN Monitor 89). It is therefore a good idea to separate your paper and cardboard. Now you know what you’re doing it for.
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