Recycling Paper-Cardboard

We come across recycled paper and cardboard every day, from newspapers and magazines to kitchen roll and cardboard packaging.

How is paper-cardboard recycled?

  • First, paper and cardboard are sorted according to quality. Anything that is not paper or cardboard is removed. Depending on the quality, different applications are possible: magazines require a different level of paper quality than packaging boxes.

  • The paper is then mixed with water, which yields a grey paste called pulp. Lacquer, staples, varnish, glue, plastic and string are removed from the pulp. For the production of certain types of paper, the pulp must also be deinked and bleached.

  • Finally, the pulp is pressed and dried. It is then ready for further processing.

Watch the video about the recycling of paper-cardboard: Dutch version

What are the recycled materials used for?

You come across recycled paper and cardboard every day. Newspapers and magazines are printed on recycled paper, and writing pads, notebooks, drawing paper or printing paper are also often recycled. Even kitchen roll, toilet paper and paper tissues most often contain recycled paper. Recycled cardboard can be found in, among other things, packaging cardboard and cardboard boxes, as well as any cardboard used for storing, sending or protecting items.

Waste paper and cardboard are simply turned into new paper or cardboard, but their life cycle is not eternal as the quality of the material diminishes with each treatment. After five to seven reuses the material has reached its useful end, and so for this reason new paper fibers are added each time.

Why recycle paper-cardboard?

PRecycling paper and cardboard requires less energy than the production of new paper and cardboard. Moreover, many recycling companies do their best to recycle the water used during production. By recycling paper and cardboard, we make more sustainable use of materials and lower CO2 emissions.

Dos and don'ts

Cling film, wallpaper, dirty and greasy paper do not belong with paper-cardboard. They contain components, such as cellophane and glue, which are detrimental to the recycling process. For the same reason, aluminum, plastic and polystyrene must not be put in with paper and cardboard. Tie your paper and cardboard together with natural string, or you can also put it in a cardboard box.

Sorting correctly is important!

And that is why we are also counting on you. Consult the sorting rules for paper-cardboard.

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