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The benefits of recycling waste paper

The first paper was made over 2000 years ago by the Chinese. Although there is no evidence that the Chinese was concerned about waste management, it is known that the first paper was made for recycled materials. It was not until 200 years ago, that paper started being made from virgin material, for the first 1800 years, it was completely made for recyclables.

People involved in Waste management in East London know that recycling paper saves a great deal of energy, conserves natural resources, reduces the load on tips and cuts down on the emission of greenhouse gas. With compacted waste paper weighing about 445 pounds be cubic yard, it only takes 4 cubic yards to make a ton. To produce one ton of paper from virgin material it takes 17 trees, along with a tremendous amount of water, fuel oil to run the power generators as well as about 4000 watts of electricity. The energy used in making one ton of paper would provide the average house with all its power needs for six months.

The original material used by the Chinese was rags, discarded fishing nets, hemp and grass. Before the development of real paper, the Egyptians used Papyrus to record events. You may quickly derive that the word “paper,” which was a word used by the Romans, was rooted in the word “papyrus.” The first paper was very rough but as the years progressed, the quality improved.

In 1800, the first paper was made using pulp and wood fibre. At the time this was seen as an ideal way to make a superior product and mills that made paper from discarded rags and cotton quickly fell into disuse and went broke. Furthermore, in the early 1800s a patent was granted on a machine that was capable of removing the printing ink from used paper and converting it to pulp. This was the first evidence of paper being recycled and made into new paper.

Today, more and more people understand that waste management in East London is the key to recycling. Unfortunately, there are still many people who find separating their waste into various recyclables a waste of time. To combat this mindset, many local councils are now demanding segregation or the waste will not be collected. Household waste, which usually is made up of about 65% recyclables, is a core component in the saving of valuable raw materials, energy and taking a strain off of tips and dumps.

Today, the benefits of recycling are being taught in most schools. There are programs being taught that help to instil in young people that they must take responsibility for their carbon footprint. As children become more aware of the problems and the solutions, the future of the world is ensured.

Waste management in East London is a core component in helping the environment. Brewsters Waste Management Ltd is on the leading edge, having been selected by Buckingham Palace to manage their waste products by recycling. Visit them now!


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