It takes 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a newspaper again
Recycling today is no longer a fad for the fashionable few. It is a major concern world-wide, involving government bodies, large corporations and organizations. Waste paper can be disposed of in three ways. It can be buried, burnt or recycled. The increasing shortage of landfills make burying an unfeasible long-term solution. Incinerating the waste paper causes air pollution. The only viable alternative is to recycle the paper. With the worldwide focus on a green Earth and the introduction of the Singapore governmentâ€™s Green Plan, interest in environmental issues and recycled paper has grown in the last two years. Recycled paper looks set to become a major part of our lives. Yet, much misunderstanding and confusion has arisen about recycled paper. There is a lack of recycled paper standards in the industry. Paper cannot be recycled indefinitely as there is considerable fibre weakening and shortening at each stage of recycling. On average, paper made from virgin wood pulp can be recycled four to seven times. Thus, recycled paper has to be made up of a proportion of wood pulp. But there is the question of what percentage of waste paper should contain before it is considered to be recycled paper. This Confusion has arisen from a lack of industrial standard for recycled paper. Different organizations have their own definitions and guidelines and these have in a way added to the confusion.
All of the newsprint manufactured here in the UK is now made from 100% recycle paper
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The China Question
But the practice of shipping recyclables to China is controversial. Especially in Britain, politicians have voiced the concern that some of those exports may end up in landfills. Many experts disagree. According to Pieter van Beukering, an economist who has studied the trade of waste paper to India and waste plastics to China: “as soon as somebody is paying for the material, you bet it will be recycled.” In fact, Dr van Beukering argues that by importing waste materials, recycling firms in developing countries are able to build larger factories and achieve economies of scale, recycling materials more efficiently and at lower environmental cost. He has witnessed as much in India, he says, where dozens of inefficient, polluting paper mills near Mumbai were transformed into a smaller number of far more productive and environmentally friendly factories within a few years. Still, compared with Western countries, factories in developing nations may be less tightly regulated, and the recycling industry is no exception. China especially has been plagued by countless illegal-waste imports, many of which are processed by poor migrants in China’s coastal regions. They dismantle and recycle anything from plastic to electronic waste without any protection for themselves or the environment. The Chinese government has banned such practices, but migrant workers have spawned a mobile cottage industry that is difficult to wipe out, says Aya Yoshida, a researcher at Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies who has studied Chinese waste imports and recycling practices. Because this type of industry operates largely under the radar, it is difficult to assess its overall impact. But it is clear that processing plastic and electronic waste in a crude manner releases toxic chemicals, harming people and the environment—the opposite of what recycling is supposed to achieve.
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