Paper Recycling
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Paper recycling is great way to get into the recycling business. Paper is divided up into types and grades and each of these have a different value.

Some grades are as follows:
  • Corrugated Cardboard: Cardboard shipping boxes, sheet cardboard.
  • News Print: Non-glossy newspapers, and flyers.
  • Magazines: Glossy printed materials.
  • Sorted Office Paper: General purpose non glossy office sorted by color.
  • White Ledger: White printer and copier paper.
  • White Envelope: White envelope paper with no plastic windows. This material is the most valuable.
  • Mixed: Mixed unsorted clean printed and non-printed scrap paper.

All of the materials listed above have scrap values from $10 - $330 per ton.

Paper brokers like to receive this material baled if possible and its worth more that way. However balers are expensive.
There are a growing number of paper recycling centers that will pay for this material check your local chamber of commerce to find a location near you.

Another great way that is recently gaining popularity is onsite document shredding. This involves investing into a portable shredder and box truck or trailer to put the material into. Large companies that generate alot of sensitive paperwork that needs to be shredded will pay to have this material securely disposed of. So in essence you get paid to shred the documents and then get paid for the recyclable paper that's left.

More Sources:
Waste management UK - Intelligent waste management solutions for businesses in the UK and Ireland.
National Association for Information Destruction
National Recycling Coalition