Everyone has heard about the ease and importance of recycling, especially with paper products. Even in the most out reaching areas, paper recycling is usually available more than recycling plastics, metals, and glass. Everyday even those recycling types are being added in communities. Each type of recycling is different and the processes used use different elements for creating new useable products from recycled materials. The paper waste recycling uses water to take old magazines, newspaper, phone books, and office paper to fresh new paper and cardboard products without more trees being cut down and additional power used. In order to understand how the paper recycling and water waste management works together, it helps to have an idea of how the paper recycling process works.
Any paper recycling process starts with the consumers who care enough to collect and deliver, or have their paper products picked up for recycling. Water waste and paper uses in the plant are designed to be as limited as possible. The paper products are typically separated into one of three categories before the process begins. You have the newspaper pile, the corrugated fiberboard category, and a variety of office paper section. From there, the employees of the recycling plant get busy recreating useable paper and paper products from all kind of scraps.
The first step in the recycling paper waste water process is the pulping process. Once the paper has been divided into its categories, the paper is placed in a huge metal container where water is added. The machine works to separate the fibers of the paper and prepare it for the next part of the process. The agitator in the pulping equipment looks much like the one in your washing machine at home. The water and often dirt and debris that were in or on the recycling paper are removed in the screening section of the recycling process. The paper pulp is forced through screens of varying sizes to remove contaminants.
A few steps down the road in the paper recycling plant, waste water and recycling paper meet up again. Washing the paper after the flotation and centrifugal cleaning processes is an important step that can’t be overlooked. The final small particles of ink, dirt, or any other contaminant are removed with a clean water bath. In some cases, the pulp is bleached if appropriate at this point. The final step to recycling paper comes when the above steps have been completed and the pulp is made into new paper just like virgin paper is made. The result is more than useable products that use less energy than new to make.