As a leading printing company, Next Day Flyers purchases and processes a staggering amount of paper and card stock. In creating printed materials for our customers, a considerable amount of scrap is generated. What happens to all of the stuff that winds up on the cutting room floor?
Every day, several dumpsters full of these scraps are picked up by Smurfit-Stone Recycling. This company, the result of the merger of Jefferson Smurfit and Stone Container, is one of the world’s leading paper recyclers.
The scraps, after a multi-step process described below, are turned into cardboard boxes used to package items as small as a diamond ring all the way to those huge refrigerator boxes you used to make into a playhouse as a kid.
The process of paper recycling.
Because the scrap that is picked up from Next Day Flyers has color printing on one or both sides, the ink must be removed. The process of removing printing ink from paper fibers of recycled paper to make deinked pulp is called deinking, an invention of the German jurist Justus Claproth.
The key to the deinking process is to detach ink from the fibers. This is achieved by a combination of mechanical action and chemical means. Froth flotation is a common deinking process. Another method is wash deinking. Some processors even combine the two methods.
The resulting pulp is then integrated into the process used to make paper, cardstock or cardboard and sold as recycled paper products to those who are also environmentally concerned consumers.
Recycling 1 ton of printing or copier paper saves a bit more than 2 tons of wood
Our addiction to the printed word:
• The average per capita paper use worldwide was 110 pounds
• It is estimated that 95% of business information is still stored on paper
• Packaging is the single largest category of paper use at 41% of all paper used
• 115 billion sheets of paper are used annually for personal computers
• The average web user prints 28 pages daily
Recycling saves on many levels:
Recycling 1 short ton (1,800 pounds) of paper saves
• 17 mature trees
• 7 thousand gallons of water
• 3 cubic yards of landfill space
• 2 barrels of oil
• 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity (enough energy to power an average home 6 months!)