Almost all Australians can recycle paper and cardboard in their recycling bins at home. Most cardboard is produced from recycled paper and can be recycled many times over.
Phone books (Yellow Pages and White Pages) can be recycled in household recycling bins in most council areas around Australia. Learn more about recycling phone books. If you no longer use your phone book, you can cancel your order so you will stop receiving them.
If your workplace or business has large quantities of paper and cardboard to recycle, visit Business Recycling to find recycling services.
About Paper and Cardboard Recycling:
- Paper can be recycled up to eight times (AMCOR).
- Paper and cardboard can be recycled into other products such as packaging, toilet paper and egg cartons.
- Every year around 3.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard is used in Australia. This is enough to fill 160,000 large semi trailers (Visy Recycling).
- The act of flattening carboard and paper means it will move though the sorting station in the best way.
Importance of Recycling Paper and Cardboard:
- When paper is disposed of in landfill rather than recycled, it creates methane as it breaks down. Methane is a major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming with a life span 21 times longer than carbon dioxide (Visy Recycling).
- Manufacturing recycled paper can use up to 90% less water and 50% less energy than making it from trees (Sustainability Victoria).
- Using recycled paper saves trees. For every 100 reams of recycled office paper that is printed doubled sided will save two trees, more than one tonne of greenhouse gas and almost a cubic metre of landfill space compared to 100 reams of paper that is not recycled or printed doubled sided (Sustainability Victoria).
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