In Australia, Industry and Governments are endeavouring to recover an additional 1 million tonnes of paper from landfill per annum by the end of this decade.
Australian paper industry segments are reliant on imported paper, pulp and now to a lesser extent, recovered paper imports which create a 2.5 million dollar per annum trade deficit.
Landfill levies increase an average of 14% per annum. Businesses can reduce their waste disposal costs by recycling paper.
White office papers are the most valuable and can replace bleached pulp imports. White and pastel coloured business papers make up 80 percent of office paper consumption and over 50% of commercial waste going to landfill.
White papers can be recycled back into tissue paper, printing and writing papers, newsprint and white top board.
However, unless these white papers are kept separate and uncontaminated, they can only be used for cheaper packaging board where there is a surplus of nearly 700,000 tonnes (much of which is exported). All other paper and cardboard products such as photocopy paper wrappers, yellow and gold envelopes, newspapers, cardboard, glossy (brochures, junk mail, etc.) and magazines can collected and recycled separately. Please consult your contractor for correct receptacles and bin locations.
Your efforts in recycling office paper in a clean, uncontaminated fashion will contribute greatly to reducing energy and water consumption and avoid the unnecessary contribution to greenhouse gas emissions with the breakdown of paper products in landfill sites.