Paper has a relatively short life-cycle (compared to natural gas or crude oil) and belongs to sustainable materials. Paper can be nicely recycled by:
- making notes on the other side of one-side-print sheets
- letting children draw their art on the other side
- recycling to paper again
- burning (I'm just preparing to produce & burn paper briquettes)
Not all kinds of paper are suitable for all those ways. Reusing is possible only with relatively good quality and less printed paper. Composting is probably the very last choice.
So which kind of paper is suitable for recycling to paper again and which should be left to be burned? What kind of criteria should I use to decide?
The motivation of this question is (partly) because of my experience when cardboard is sometimes excluded from collection by a recycling company.