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History FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much paper do you receive on a daily basis?
We receive up to 2,500 tonnes of paper every day.

2. Do you operate paperbanks?
Yes. We operate paperbank schemes across the UK, in conjunction with many Local Authorities. Approximately 7% of our material comes from banks.

3. Do you offer a commercial paper recycling service?
 No, unfortunately we don’t have a commercial collection service because we can only process the type of paper normally found in the domestic waste stream, such as newspapers and magazines. We would suggest that you contact your local council who will be able to advise on a suitable service.

4. I am doing a project at school/university and want some information about paper recycling, could you help me?
Please send any requests for information or resources to recycling@aylesford-newsprint.co.uk and we will do our best to help. For further information, why not visit the Confederation of Paper Industries website at www.paper.org.uk as it also has lots of useful information.

5. Why don’t you accept Yellow Pages?
Although Yellow Pages are now printed on white fibre, they use a high level of yellow ink colourwash which is very difficult to remove.

6. How many times can a paper fibre be recycled?
Every time a paper fibre goes through the recycling process it shortens in length. Paper fibres can be recycled on average 7 times before they are too short to make paper.

7. Do you accept Tetra-Pak cartons?
No, we do not recycle Tetra-Paks as they are a mixture of paper, foil and plastic. We would suggest that you check with your local council to see whether they offer a collection service or specific recycling banks for Tetra-Paks.

8. Why don’t you take cardboard?
Cardboard fibres are brown in colour and are difficult to remove during the fibre cleaning process.

9. Can you recycle wrapping paper?
There are a number of reasons why we can’t easily recycle wrapping paper:

  • The paper can be thin with very short fibres which are difficult to make paper with.
  • Wrapping paper is often covered in sticking tape and other non-fibrous materials such as plastics, glitter and foil which are not suitable for recycling.

If you have any additional questions, please get in touch by emailing recycling@aylesford-newsprint.co.uk

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