Introduction to paper Recycling

Paper is one of the most recycled materials globally and is well established. However, the recycling of paper is not a limitless process. Paper recycling is made up of a number of different stages, which ultimately results in reduction in the quality of the final product. For this reason there are downsides to using paper, and the pros and cons need to be considered for all uses.

Resources

 

 The lesson plans below contain activities and fact sheets to guide learning 

Lesson plan 1:

introduces the processes involved in paper recycling including benefits and limitations 

Lesson plan 2:

plastic v. paper case study including life cycle assessment

Did you know?

Recycling one ton of paper saves approximately

 

17 trees

The fibers that make up paper can only be recycled

7 times

Paper recycling is something new, the first patent for paper recycling was granted in 1800