Recycling paper FAQs

UPM Paper Recycling

​What is paper recycling?

Most countries have efficient systems in place for collecting and sorting wastepaper. This paper can be reused for making similar products, reducing the amount of waste that ends up at landfills and the need for new virgin fibre. When fibre is too weak for further recycling, it can also be used for generating bioenergy.

Why is paper a sustainable product?

Unlike plastics and many other packaging materials, paper contains no petrochemicals, which means it is completely renewable. The fibre can be recycled efficiently. Made from renewable resource, paper’s main raw material will never be depleted. What is more, trees capture carbon from the atmosphere, making forests a ‘carbon sink’ that helps mitigate climate change.

What paper products can I recycle?

Any clean paper is suitable for recycling, such as newspapers, cardboard, packaging, stationery, direct mail, invoices, office paper, magazines, catalogues, greeting cards, envelopes and wrapping paper.

​What paper cannot be recycled?

Any paper that is lined with foil or plastic. The same applies to carbon paper, laminated or wax paper, stickers, and soiled disposable tableware. Any impurities harm the paper recycling process.

Why should I bother to recycle?

Because it reduces waste, pollution, litter and landfill and provides valuable raw material for new products. It also promotes jobs and community welfare. And, most importantly: it’s the right thing to do for the planet and future generations. Paper can be recycled up to 7 times.