BPC UK makes significant investment in paper recycling

Thanks to investment in their paper recycling, BPC UK ’s  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 the 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. BPC UK also ensure that 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 their 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.

BPC UK’s environmental policies mean that you can be sure that when you buy your bespoke printed rolls, thermal paper rolls or 2-ply paper rolls  from BPC UK, you are helping to support sustainable forestry and best practices in waste recycling.