In the age of data privacy and environmental consciousness, the importance of secure document disposal can’t be overlooked. At Russell Richardson we play a pivotal role in not only safeguarding sensitive information but also contributing to the sustainability of our planet through the paper recycling journey.

In this blog we get into the fascinating process that takes shredded paper from secure document destruction to becoming soft tissue hygiene products.


What happens after shredding? It's recycled!


Once your confidential documents are securely shredded, the journey towards sustainability begins. We offer two main types of shredding services at Russell Richardson: Mobile Paper Shredding and Off-site Paper Shredding. Whether your documents are shredded on-site or at a secure depot, the next steps in the recycling journey tend to remain the same.

1. Compressed into bales and transported

The shredded paper is compacted into bales, ensuring efficient transportation. From here, they embark on a journey to a paper mill.

2. Mixed with water to create pulp

At the paper mill, the bales are mixed with water, transforming them into pulp.

3. Cleaning the pulp

The pulp undergoes a thorough cleaning process to remove debris and ink. The pulp is then spun in large vats, allowing any remaining debris to settle at the bottom.

4. Ink removal

To achieve pristine white paper, the pulp goes through a process to remove ink. The ink-laden bubbles rise to the top and are skimmed off.

5. Drying and embossing

Following the ink removal, the pulp is spread onto wire screens to drain. It then passes through heated rollers to dry.

6. Converting pulp into paper products

The final steps involve transforming the clean, dry paper into usable products. Machines spool the paper around cardboard tubes, creating the rolls at the centre of toilet tissue, kitchen roll, or paper towels.


Join the paper recycling movement with Russell Richardson

Are you ready to contribute to a greener planet while ensuring the secure destruction of your confidential documents? Contact Russell Richardson today at 0800 294 6552 to embrace a secure and eco-friendly document disposal solution and be part of the paper recycling journey that turns shredded documents into valuable resources. Your commitment to sustainability starts here!

And remember, safeguarding information doesn't have to come at the cost of the environment. At Russell Richardson we are leading the way in merging data security with environmental responsibility, and you can be a part of this positive change.

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