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Giving contaminated paper a clean bill of health


Pro-Fibre paper pulp

Using prototype technology, we are trialling a process that creates pulp from contaminated domestic paper for use in the construction, packaging and moulded-fibre industries.

According to the latest data, the UK recycles approximately eight million tonnes of waste paper*. This represents around 70% of the paper we throw away, but what happens to the rest?

Using prototype technology, we are trialling a process that creates pulp from contaminated domestic paper for use in the construction, packaging and moulded-fibre industries.

Many types of paper are rejected from recycling facilities because they have been contaminated with glass, plastic, metal or, most frequently, food or grease. This could be due to the intrinsic nature of the paper, such as pizza boxes or takeaway lids, or it could be that the paper has been discarded with general household waste.

This contaminated paper is sent to landfill or energy recovery facilities. But although it requires more processing to remove these contaminants, the high fibre content of the paper means it can still have a commercial value.
 

Our solution extracts the value from this paper source while reducing its environmental impact.

 
Pro-Fibre is paper pulp produced from contaminated paper. The five-step process we have developed enables us to remove contaminated paper. The five-step process we have developed enables us to remove contaminants and create a pulp that can recycle virgin materials currently used in the construction and packaging industry, including insulation materials and biodegradable pots.

We have worked closely with a partner specialising in the fibre industry to analyse the properties of our pulp so we can better understand the product's commercial potential. We are now building a facility in Leeds where we will recycle the low grade paper that was previously discarded from over 320,000 homes.

 


*http://www.paper.org.uk