Paper cups, takeout boxes, frozen food packaging and more – how much do you know about repulping and recycling paper and paperboard packaging?
What is the difference between repulpable and recyclable paper? Knowing in advance there are different methodologies in different countries, and different standards even in the same country.
Why is paper and cardboard packaging often sent to the landfill?
How many tons of paper and paperboard containers and packaging are thrown out in the United States each year?
What are six major steps in the paper recycling process?
When was the first takeout container patented?
True or false? The ink is removed in the paper recycling process.
Bonus question: What is the chemical formula for polyethylene?
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A Recyclable means to form a new paper with recovered fiber. Repulpable means that can undergo the process of fiber recovery.
B Repulpable processes are more complicated than recyclable ones
C Repulpable means creating a new sheet of paper and recyclable means the process of recovering the fiber.
A Consumers throw paper packaging in the recyclable stream.
B Paper and cardboard packaging biodegrades naturally in landfills, so it doesn’t need to be recycled.
C It’s difficult to separate polyethylene from the stock paperboard in standard packaging.
A 41 million tons
B 80 million tons
C 125 million tons
A Pick-up, sorting, soaking, washing, drying, and folding.
B Pick-up, sorting, re-pulping, screening, de-inking, and creating new products.
C Sorting, cleaning, chopping, marinating, simmering, and taste testing.