The process of waste paper recycling involves mixing used paper with water and chemicals to break it down. It is then chopped up and heated, which breaks it down further into strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material; this resulting mixture is called pulp, or slurry.
Paper manufacturing is highly competitive, with historically tight margins and small operating profits. Virtually all paper, however, requires massive cutting, replanting and re-cutting of wide swaths of forest.
Sometimes collected paper is sent back to the landfills because they are too contaminated for use. Try to keep waste paper in separate grades at home or in the office —example, do not mix newspapers and corrugated boxes up.