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How Paper is Recycled

When you leave your newspapers at the curb or drop them off at the local recycling center, did you ever wonder how they get recycled?  They’re recycled at your local paper mill.

At the recycling center, the collected paper is wrapped in tight bales and transported to a paper mill, where it will be recycled into new paper.

Paper mill workers unload the recovered paper and put it into warehouses, where it is stored until needed. The various paper grades, such as newspapers and corrugated boxes, are kept separate, because the paper mill uses different grades of recovered paper to make different types of recycled paper products. When the paper mill is ready to use the paper, forklifts move the paper from the warehouse to large conveyors.

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Used newspapers, cardboard and office papers are recycled by your Northwest paper mills.
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