Environmental Impacts of Waste Paper Recycling

Environmental Impacts of Waste Paper Recycling

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Public concern for the conservation of natural resources and a general awareness of the environmental consequences of waste disposal is reflected in current legislation aimed at reducing waste. Recycling is commonly cited as one of the preferred methods of waste reduction and this book summarizes a recent study of paper recycling in Europe, which investigated the entire production and disposal process using a life-cycle methodology. The results of the study underline the economic and environmental advantages of paper recycling, but more controversially, they also show how, under certain conditions, the renewable character and the high energy content of paper seem to make energy recovery more attractive than recycling.Depending on the proportion of wood fibers, the heat content of waste paper is from 14 to 17 megajoules per kilogram ... Onthe other hand, a sizable percentage (20% to 25%) ofpaper isused for purposes that make recycling impossible oranbsp;...

Title:Environmental Impacts of Waste Paper Recycling
Author:Yrjo Virtanen, Sten Nilsson
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-07-04


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