brown paper grocery bag

Paper – Kraft

Kraft paper, like the brown bags from the grocery store, is recyclable and goes by itself  in a big dedicated bin inside the center, next to the newspaper bin.

Prepare kraft paper for recycling by folding them flat and bundling in a brown bag.

What is it? Wikipedia says:

Kraft paper …  is paper or paperboard (cardboard) produced from chemical pulp produced in the kraft process. Pulp produced by the kraft process is stronger than that made by other pulping processes … kraft pulping removes most of the lignin present originally in the wood. Low lignin is important to the resulting strength of the paper …

sign for newspaper

Paper – Newspaper

Newspaper and any paper that comes in it can be recycled in the big “Newspaper” cardboard box inside the Recycling Center.

Prepare newspaper for recycling sinply by flattening it out (the way it came) and taking it out of whatever bag or container it was transported in. Put it loose into the big “Newspaper” cardboard box.

What is is? Wikipedia says:

Newsprint is a low-cost, non-archival paper most commonly used to print newspapers … Newsprint mainly consists of wood pulp.

sign for magazines and mixed paper

Paper – Magazine and Mixed

Paper that is neither newsprint nor kraft paper is recyclable in these big cardboard boxes inside the Recycling Center: magazines, catalogs and other slick or glossy paper; and mixed paper like copy, computer and fax paper, junk mail, envelopes (window envelopes ok) and colored office paper.

Prepare paper for recycling by taking it out of brown bags or other container you transport it in. Dump it loose into the big cardboard boxes.

What it is? Wikipedia says:

Paper is … produced by pressing together moist fibers, typically cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets.To make pulp from wood, a chemical pulping process separates lignin from cellulose fibers. This is accomplished by dissolving lignin in a cooking liquor, so that it may be washed from the cellulose fibers.