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Industrial Paper Recycling

1. Paper is taken from the bin and deposited in a large recycling container along with paper from other recycling bins.
2. The paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades.
3. The separated paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a large holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’.
4. By adding different materials to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.
5. The slurry is spread using large rollers into large thin sheets.
6. The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and sent for marketing to the shops.

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As part of the Return2Life program, Earthsmiles.NET visited Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Park Circus, Kolkata, for a paper recycling demonstration and workshop and for the setting up of a paper making unit in an extension of the school’s art room, now the Recycle Room.

Kolkata – On the 22 April, Mahadevi Birla World Academy (MBWA), Park Circus, Kolkata, played witnessed a paper making workshop, conducted by Earthsmiles.net as part of the organisation’s Return2Life program. The aim of this workshop was to set up a permanent paper recycling unit - manned by the students themselves. A uselful and fun project, once the art of making paper was learned by them.

Once the students learned to recycle paper on their own, a regular supply of paper from the school office and from Filebins in each class room (Clike here to know about Filebins) would sustain the project. Recycling in-school is vastly more eco-friendly than sending paper to paper recycling plants - there is no huge machinery or transport carbon footprint, and the water used is also negligible compared with a waste processing (recycling) paper plant. No dangerous chemicals are involved either, further showing the Planet love! is involved as the children can bring the waste papers from their house when they come to school and it provides the children with an extra-curricular activity to participate in during their free periods and other times allotted by their school.

What better day to start the venture at MBWA, than on Earth Day. The students of classes 9 and 10 turned up for the event curious and with great interest. They were first shown a video on paper recycling at the industrial level and the entire process was explained to the students.

Outreach Coordinator of Earthsmiles, Ishani Vasant, proceeded with a demonstration, making a sheet of paper and explaining each step while the girls watched in awe. Once she was done, the students were divided into 4 groups and started making paper themselves while being mentored by the Earthsmiles.net team.

The driver of the event was MBWA Crafts Teacher, Mita Jhunjhunwala, who enjoyed each moment of the event and mentored the students throughout. She said, “The students seemed enthusiastic, everybody loved it.”

At the end of it all, the school was awarded a Certificate for participation in the demo and workshop - and for the students having sucessfully made the first sheets their own paper.

Want a Paper Recycle Unit at your school? Drop us a line at green@earthsmiles.net

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