Paper Recycling Process
Mpact Recycling collects paper, newspaper, magazines and cardboard boxes from industry, schools, homes and offices across the country.
All this recovered paper and cardboard is sent to Mpact's three paper mills (located in Felixton, Springs and Piet Retief) where it is slushed to pulp, cleaned to remove contaminants and then refined.
Paper pulp cleaned
The pulp is cleaned several times to remove staples, thread and grit which would spoil the new paper.
There is also a special machine that removes ink from the slush process using soap and water.
The pulp is then pumped into a moving wire screen where some of the water is drained away and recycled.
The resulting paper sheet is pressed between large rollers to remove most of the remaining water and ensure smoothness and uniform thickness.
The sheet is then run through heated dryer rollers to remove any remaining water.
The sheet is then smoothed and coated depending on what the paper will be used for.
The finished sheet is wound into large rolls, which are cut into smaller, more manageable rolls, ready to be made into corrugated boxes, cartons for packaging of goods, cores for materials handling, the boxes your pizza and cereals come in and even toothpaste boxes.
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