PROJECT PAPER PIPING
Wednesday April 10, 2019
At BPC UK our commitment to the environment means that we are always looking for ways to improve our recycling rates and thanks to investment in our paper recycling, our waste paper recycling rate is close to 100%. This recycling rate has been achieved by a little bit of ingenuity, plant investment – and several hundred metres of extractor piping.
Inevitably, when a paper reel is slit into rolls – such as till rolls, thermal rolls, transport tickets or other paper rolls – on one of our slitting machines, there is a thin trim of paper left over. What happens to this paper trim?
The trim is fed through a hydraulic operated extraction system that takes the trim straight from the machine, sends it through a system of pipes above the factory and pumps the trim into a baling room. In the baling room, it is fed through a baling machine and packed into bales each of which is approximately 25kg.
The paper bales are then collected by the recycling plant, de-inked if necessary, and converted into paper pulp, ready to be made into a variety of recycled paper products.
And it’s not only the paper trim that is recycled. We also ensure that all any damaged rolls, cardboard packaging and other paper-based off-cuts are sent for recycling.
The rationale for recycling is that it reduces the need to harvest forestland, which supports our sustainable forestry principles. For every tonne of paper sent for recycling approximately 2 tonnes of wood are saved.
It is estimated that if half of the world’s paper was recycled it would avoid the harvesting of 20 million acres of forestland.
Our environmental policies mean that you can be sure that when you buy your till rolls, thermal paper rolls or transport tickets from BPC UK, you are helping to support sustainable forestry and best practices in waste recycling.