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Paper is a thin sheet of material that is produced mechanically or chemically by processing fibres that are derived mostly from wood.

Why recycled paper?

  • In 2014, South Africa recovered 64% of its paper for recycling. In perspective, this is 1.1 million tonnes, which is enough to fill more than 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

  • Only 5% of households conscientiously recycle their paper, this means that there are still a lot of economic opportunities available to recycle paper and more trees can still be saved.

  • Saves landfill space: Recycling just a tonne of paper removes the need for three cubic metres of landfill space.

  • 24 trees are needed to produce a ton of writing paper.

What is it recycled into?

  • Cereal boxes

  • Pizza boxes

  • Cardboard products

  • Egg trays

  • Toilet paper

How to recycle:

  • Separate your paper to ensure that the paper is kept dry.

  • Make a paper-only bag to keep your paper.

  • Drop this bag into your big recycling bag.

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