Shredded Paper Recycling

We recycle 99% of our shredded paper

How Do We Recycle Paper?

All shredding we receive is driven through our Lindner Micromat 2000 shredding machine. From there, shredding is baled and taken to a recycling centre, where paper is pulped in a tank containing water and chemicals, which remove inks and separate fibres. Once inks and fibres have been removed, the pulp is spun in a container, which cleans the pulp until paper-white. The cleaned pulp is then sprayed onto a conveyor belt, which feeds it through large, heated rollers to remove excess moisture and achieve the correct level of thickness. After being pressed through the rollers, the paper is wound into rolls. These are then cut into paper.

What Paper Can Be Recycled?

Generally speaking, all kinds of paper, card and cardboard from an office environment can be recycled. However, soiled paper – for example napkins, tissues, food cartons and containers, pizza boxes, paper plates and takeaway boxes – cannot be recycled. This is due to the pulping process; if the resultant slurry has been contaminated with food grease or oil, this contaminates the batch, rendering it entirely useless.

How Does Recycling Help the Environment?

Recycling reduces the need for raw materials and cuts down on the energy levels needed to create paper (which is much higher than when using recycled materials). Landfill waste also releases pollutant greenhouse gases; recycling items helps reduce this pollution levels.

How Many Trees Are Saved By Recycling Paper?

Each ton (2000lbs) of paper that is recycled can save 17 trees – that means on average Datashredders save 204 trees per hour1,632 trees per day or 8,160 trees per week!

Datashredders also offer collections of baled or palletised waste-paper or cardboard. This material is processed at our recycling facility and then transported to paper mills for the manufacture of paper products. This procedure reduces the need to destroy existing forests, complies with EC directives on paper recycling and reduces the need for landfill.

We are committed to best practice in environmental management and recognise our responsibility to identify, improve and control our impact on the environment from our business operations and recycle material whenever possible.

We can also recycle a wide range of other materials. Get in touch by using the enquiry form on our contact us page, dialling the number at the top of the page or emailing to discuss your recycling requirements!

By using Datashredders you will comply with the Data Protection Act and have a positive impact on helping our environment.