Certified Recycled Content
Recycling is more than just dropping off your cans, bottles, and newspapers at the curb or at a local collection facility. Diverting recyclables from the waste stream is only the first of three steps in the recycling process. The second step occurs when companies use these recyclables to manufacture new products. The third step comes when consumers purchase products made from recovered materials.
Buying recycled products results in many environmental benefits. It supports local recycling programs by creating markets for the collected materials that are processed and used to manufacture new products. This creates jobs and helps strengthen the economy; conserves natural resources; saves energy; and reduces solid waste, air and water pollutants, and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. — EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Our success in paper recycling reflects a commitment to conserve natural resources and recognition that recovered paper is an important raw material in producing innovative molded fiber products. Our use of recovered paper keeps it out of landfills and ensures we get the maximum value out of wood fiber.
Through independent certification programs, manufacturers, including Western Pulp Products, have earned the right to label products with third-party certification, verifying claims including recycled, reclaimed, salvaged, and bio-based materials content.
A pre-consumer recycled material is defined as that material “diverted from the waste stream during or from the manufacturing process, and used as feedstock in the manufacture of new products. Excluded is reutilization of materials such as rework, regrind, or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.” (Source ISO 14021)
A post-consumer recycled material is that material generated by households or by commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product that can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of materials from the distribution chain. (Source: ISO 14021)
Recycling Carbon Benefits over Disposal
According to Confederation of Paper Industries one of the key benefits of paper recycling is that there are carbon savings available from simply diverting paper products from alternative disposal routes such as landfill and incineration.
Paper is biodegradable and when landfilled creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, which has been recognized as contributing to climate change. Paper is also a carbon-based product and when incinerated releases carbon dioxide, again recognized as contributing to climate change. However, paper is a readily recyclable product, and through recycling the carbon is retained in the product longer and contributes to reducing the primary fiber requirements in the industry. This allows forests to be managed over longer periods and contributes very significantly to the sustainability of the overall paper industry.
To learn more, read the fact sheet Paper and Cardboard Recycling — Greenhouse Gas Benefits Explained published by Confederation of Paper Industries.