Recycling is an important part of a functioning circular economy. Recycling extends the life of materials and reduces the demand for virgin materials. In most places, paper and paperboard products have the highest recycling rates as a percentage of total municipal solid waste generated, making paper fiber somewhat of a sustainability superhero among alternatives. Paper fibers can be recycled up to 5-7 times, at which point they become too short to bond into new paper. However recycled fibers are able to be combined with virgin fibers to replace the unusable fiber that wash out of the pulp during the recycling process.
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