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The Journey of Recycling

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Ever wondered what happens after your recycling bins are collected or you drop something off at the recycling centre? No, me either, but I thought it was about time that I learnt exactly what happened to all of my recycling waste.

What do we recycle?

UK households produced 30.5 million tonnes of waste in 2003/04, of which 17% was collected for recycling (source: Although this initially may seem high, this figure is in fact still very low when you compare to some of our neighbouring EU countries, some recycling over 50% of their waste. This means that there is still a mass amount of waste which could be recycled that ends up in landfill sites. Take a look at some of the items that we in the UK recycle:


  • All of the UK newspapers manufactured here are now made from 100% recycled paper – wow!
  • Over 80% of the glass collected for recycling is used in the UK, the majority of it to make new glass bottles and jars.


Should we export any recyclable material?

This is one debate that has raged over the years, with countries such as China prepared to pay very high prices for recyclables such as waste plastic; mainly because they do not have readily available it would mean that we are bringing in a larger revenue to recycling in the UK. However many argue that even though exporting our recyclables means a bigger recycling loop and more revenue, although because we have to transport the materials in order to recycle them we are still destroying the environment – meaning that we are no better off than if we just recycled the waste in the UK to begin with!


Glass is an important material when it comes to recycling because it is one of the few substances which can benefit from ‘closed loop recycling’. When recycled, glass returns to the same composition and structure as when it was first manufactured. This means that the glass can be recycled over and over and still retain the same high quality – it is one of the only material in the world that can do this! From glass windows, to bottles to even engraved glass awards – they can all be melted down and rebuilt into more glass bottles, jars and awards!

Firstly the glass must go through a process of cleaning and sorting, this is where a laser sorter then separates all the different types and colours of glass. Once the loads have been separated, any loads that are pure enough (approx. 90% of loads) go across a conveyor into the glass smelters next door to be made into new glass product. This leaves on approx. 10% of loads that have not achieved the pure enough level of glass and are then used for aggregate in the construction industry – so they are still recycled!

Recycling metal

Metals are slightly different, they need to be taken away by our local processors who will separate the different types of metals and sell them to be made into new recycled metal products. Some items which are not all metal, but have a high metal content, can also go in the metal container.


What happens to paper?

I recycle so much paper a year, not only from my printer and pages but at work too – but what happens to it? The UK use paper every day and did you know that as a nation we use over 12.5 million tonnes each year?


Did you know? (Because I didn’t!)

  • It takes as little as 7 days for a recycled newspaper to come back as a newspaper again?
  • 67% of the paper and cardboard used in the UK is recovered for recycling?
  • 11 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions were avoided by recycling paper and board in 2008, the equivalent of taking around 3½ million cars off the road!

It is so important to continue the journey of recycling even after you’ve taken your bin out, if your are looking to source paper or a local printer try searching to ‘eco-friendly’ printers Cambridge, or even ‘green’ or ‘recycling’ – it is crucial that we keep that circle of recycling going.

Recycling metals not only saves natural resources and avoids the destruction associated with mining, but it also saves a vast amount of energy in comparison to using raw material. It is so important that we continue to recycle to not only save our resources but to help the planet too – after all we only have one, so we must look after it!



Affordable Printers and Scanners: Cut Production Costs

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When it comes to purchasing a new printer, scanner, or AIO (all-in-one) for your small or home office, you have plenty of inexpensive options. To help narrow your search for a new machine, we’ll talk about which features and performance aspects separate the entry- and mid-range models from the high end products.

Affordable & Functional

Even though these units are cost-effective, you don’t have to sacrifice printing options. Compact in size and weight, many of the machines in this category can handle a variety of document sizes, from 4 x 6 to 8 x 10, letter, and legal, and many can print on envelopes, transparencies, photos, and labels. The duty cycle—defined as the maximum number of pages that a printer can output each month without damaging the printer—is an important specification to weigh when shopping for a printer that will see heavy daily use. Keep in mind that the maximum monthly duty cycle is the very high end of what you could print each month.

Mid-Range Means More Options

In this category, you’ll sometimes see automatic duplex capabilities (printing on both sides of the paper), LCD touch screens that allow for easier operation, memory card slots to help you import and export your print jobs, and reduction and enlargement options. Look for larger paper trays, which will need to be refilled less often than the trays in basic models.

The monthly duty cycle for mid-range models is also greater—anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 copies a month. Often, you’ll find the print speed, which is often referred to as PPM (pages per minute), can be faster for mid-range machines than basic models.

High-End Equals Heavy Duty

The most expensive printers in a series are often the toughest. You’ll see many of the same features as the mid-range options, but additional pluses include larger paper tray capacities (some with the option of two paper trays), larger internal memories, advanced imaging technologies, and duty cycles ranging to 40,000 sheets and above.

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Monochromatic e-Ink eReaders – Changing the Way You Read

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One of the few things that technology has not changed even after centuries is book reading. But lately, things have started to change when it comes to book reading methods. Books are still our best friends, but certainly we have some new friends around the block, known as “e-Ink eReaders”. We could read books electronically prior to them, but what makes the e-Ink eReaders so special are their close to nature typeset, that is -radically different than you have previously seen with an electronic paper and electronic ink.

This electronic paper technology was first introduced for purchase by Sony in 2006 with its e-Book Reader. The eBook Reader by Sony replaced conventional LCD display with E Ink and offered customized back light tweaks to enhance reading experience.  This e-Ink is a reflective technology, allowing you to read like you would read a book or a newspaper.
This e Ink eReader allows you to read books while you relax and offers great reading experience in all environmental conditions. The e-Ink eReaders are lighter and more portable than the computers and the books themselves. This means you can enjoy reading while on the go whether at gym, at a park or travelling in a plane or train. Many of the eReaders also have voice reading feature, letting you listen to your favorite books and articles.
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