Paper recycling equipment is a major part of our war on pollution and waste of natural resources. It is what helps us reuse paper so that we don’t have to harvest as many trees. It helps us minimize the amount of garbage deposited in landfill. Paper recycling is also the biggest weapon in our fight against things like identity theft.
Paper recycling equipment can be as simple as the shredder a person puts over his or her waste basket at home, or as complex as the machines that take mash made from the old paper and create new paper to be used in recycled products from stationery to shopping bags to corrugated cardboard boxes to books. It can be as simple as a paper cutter, to halve used sheets of paper to make pads for taking notes (something that I picked up from my father, long before recycling became popular), or saving paper that is printed on one side and running it through your printer to use the other side (a trick many writers use to cut down on paper costs).
Shredders, whether individual or huge industrial level, are the most well-known paper recycling equipment. However, other paper recycling equipment includes balers, compactors, presses, beaters, stitchers, gluers, tanks, and the chemicals and water used to remove ink and break down the used paper into a mash that can be reused.
Any office can start a paper recycling program with minimal use of paper recycling equipment. Unless an office takes in massive deliveries, either individual paper shredders or a number of specific paper recycling bins and an industrial shredder should be sufficient. A large organization might want to invest in a baler, to compress and tie boxes, but except for such large companies, twine or string should suffice for tying cardboard, magazines, etc. If the company doesn’t want to invest in supplies to recycle paper, it can contract with a local paper recycler, who will not only haul away the waste paper for processing, but might even supply marked waste bins for paper products. Such a recycling program can reduce an office’s waste paper production by about 85%. Since waste paper is about 40% of municipal waste totals, if every office in a community commits to such a program, it will make a significant positive impact on the environment.
Paper recycling equipment such as shredders are easy to install and use. They are also instrumental in preventing identity theft since the bulk of such thefts occur from someone picking up a page with sensitive information on it.
Even though society as a whole seems to be moving toward going paperless, paper recycling equipment is still a necessity, if we are to maintain control over the amount of paper in our lives.