How is Recycled Paper Made?

With the increasing costs of goods in the market, people are now focusing their attention to saving money and at the same time helping save the environment. One of the best ways to contribute to the welfare of Mother Earth is to use recycled paper. How is recycle paper made?

• The first step in creating recycled paper is collecting and sorting papers. There are many towns that encourage paper recycling and most of them offer used paper pick up. Papers are also available in recycling centers and they are sorted into pallets based their stock and thickness and they are usually shipped to paper mills in bulk for other procedures such as pulping and de-inking.

• If the paper reaches the plant, it will be dumped into a large heated container full of non-acidic chemicals as well as water. The container is also known as the pulper that shreds and distills paper down into its basic fiber. After which, the fiber will be combined in the chemicals and water mixture, turning it into thick and pasty substance also known as pulp.

• Most of the time, they are made in batches and they will now be de-inked. This involves rinsing and applying air bubble to remove both the adhesive and ink from the fibers. If the paper made will be meant for partial recycle, fresh tree fibers will be added into the mixture of pulp. After completing the pulping process, the pulp will be poured over wire screens to remove moisture and contaminants.

• As the pulp is spread allover the screen, it will be pushed through various stages of felt rollers squeezing excess water out and to press the fibers together to form a bond.

• If white copy paper is desired, the pulp will be bleached. Then the pulp sheet is pushed through heater rollers in order for it to dry. If you want glossy photo paper, finish application after the heat press is necessary. The trays of paper newly produced will be cut into uniform dimensions using a machine. Then they will be arranged in boxes before they are shipped in retail stores as recycled paper.

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