How paper is recycled

Step 1 - paper collected

Step 1

Paper and card are collected with your recycling and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are separated from your other recyclable materials.

Step 2 - paper sorting

Step 2

The newspapers, magazines catalogues and paper are delivered to a paper mill where they are pulped, washed and screened. This removes all inks, glues and other contaminants.

Step 3 - paper rolls

Step 3

The pulp passes over a series of presses and drying cylinders to create a new sheet of recycled paper over 50 miles long!  This is rolled into jumbo reels.

Step 4 - newspapersstacked

Step 4

These reels are then ready to print tomorrow’s newspaper!

Recycling facts