Paper Recycling

Paper Recycling & Disposal

When many consumers think of recycling, their minds automatically stray to aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Recycling paper is one of the best things you can do for the environment, though, so it’s important to work with a waste management company that offers this option. When you work with us for all of your waste management needs, you can rest assured that we will always take the most ethical approach to product disposal, and that includes ensuring that clean paper gets recycled and reused instead of winding up in a landfill.


Why Recycle Paper?

Wood may be a renewable resource, but that doesn’t mean the paper products made out of it should be used once and thrown away. Each ton of paper thrown in the garbage takes up 3.3 cubic yards of space in a landfill. Landfill space is already at a premium and this trend is likely to continue no matter how green modern consumers try to be, so saving that space for garbage that can’t be recycled safely is always a good idea.

Paper recycling also conserves energy and resources. Recycling one ton of paper will prevent 17 trees from needing to be cut down. Processing the used paper and turning it into new consumer goods will also save 7,000 gallons of water and 463 gallons of oil, making paper recycling much more resource-efficient than creating new paper products from wood pulp.


Grades of Paper

Not all paper is created equal. Lower grades of paper have shorter fibers. Thankfully, wood fibers are long enough, to begin with, that they can be reused up to seven times before they’ll need to be mixed with fresh materials.

The number of times paper has been recycled isn’t the only way it’s classified. It can also be broken down into five categories of recyclable goods.


High-Grade, Deinked Paper

This category consists of things like letterhead, copy paper, and envelopes that have been deinked during the recycling process. This is one of the most useful recycled paper products for manufacturers looking to produce consumer goods.


Old Newspapers

Newspapers are almost always made with some degree of recycled paper, so they tend to have smaller fibers and may need to be mixed with new wood fiber to make viable paper products. In most cases, they’re still recyclable, though. Mills can use them to make new newspapers, tissues, and other soft paper products that can benefit from shorter fibers.


Mixed Paper

Mixed paper is a broad category. It includes everything from phone books to magazines, catalogs, and some types of mail. Mixed paper can be glossy or matte and can be printed in any color ink. Not all paper goods that fall into this category can be recycled, so it’s best to ask the recycling company or facility what they can take.


Corrugated Cardboard

Business owners and consumers should always recycle clean used corrugated cardboard and containers. It’s almost always found in consumer packaging. Keep in mind that if the container has food, chemicals, or another contaminant on it during use, it can’t be recycled.


Pulp Substitutes

Most consumers will never encounter pulp substitutes, except in their processed form. This category consists exclusively of paper scraps discarded from mills. It is sometimes recycled and used in consumer products.


Best Practices for Recycling Paper

Not all paper can be recycled, although most of it can. If the paper is soiled, it belongs in the garbage. Otherwise, there are a few options.


Single-Stream Recycling

Waste management companies sometimes offer single-stream recycling collection. It allows customers to place all their recyclables in the same bin, including paper. It’s essential that consumers take the time to ensure that the paper that winds up in their single-stream recycling bins is contaminated.


Those who produce occasional excesses of recyclable waste should note that municipal recycling programs sometimes place limits on how much glass, plastic, cardboard, and paper customers can get rid of at once. It’s often better to rent a recycling dumpster and schedule a pickup with a private company than it is to just let all that waste build up.


Sorted-Stream Recycling

This type of recycling collection requires residents to sort everything separately. In some cases, they may have to place different types of waste paper in different bins. Remove all staples, paperclips, and other objects from the paper before putting it in a sorted-stream recycling bin.


Paper Dumpsters

The best way to dispose of large amounts of shredded paper is to rent a specialized dumpster. It shouldn’t be placed in single-stream recycling containers, and not all recycling companies take shredded paper in sorted-stream containers. Those with data security or client confidentiality in mind have a better alternative for disposing of shredded documents.


Businesses and some individuals can produce large amounts of shredded paper when they destroy sensitive documents, so it makes little sense to put them out with residential or commercial recycling. They would take up the whole dumpster. Instead, give us a call to make arrangements for a specialized dumpster to ensure that your shredded paper is disposed of safely, securely, and responsibly.


What Paper Products Can’t Be Recycled?

The vast majority of uncontaminated paper is fully recyclable, but there are some things consumers can’t dispose of in municipal or private recycling bins. The following paper products must be disposed of with traditional household waste:

  • Magazines and catalogs coated with plastic
  • Juice boxes
  • Used paper cups
  • Paper towels
  • Chemically treated paper goods

The Bottom Line

Recycling paper is a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution than throwing it away with conventional household waste bound for the landfill. Consumers should find out from their waste management companies or municipal facilities whether they have to sort paper before recycling it.

If you have an excess of shredded paper or paper goods, more generally, to get rid of, it usually makes more sense to call a company that can provide a specialized paper dumpster instead of holding onto all of it until it can be disposed of via weekly pickups. Don’t worry. We can help.



As long as there is paper to be used, we will be there when you are finished to take it away and turn it into many other useful and environmentally beneficial products. Paper is not just good for making more paper, cardboard, etc., but is an often overlooked, yet critical component in soil-recycling. Paper is incredibly beneficial to feeding compost and composting worms. It makes a great base-layer for raised garden-beds due to its moisture retention. The more paper that is recycled, the fewer trees will be cut. Recycling helps teach future custodians of our precious earth about the impressive and dynamic interdependence of all things.


Many of us think of plastic, bottles, and cans and that dreaded trip to the depot every month or so when we talk about recycling. But what about paper recycling? Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. It has been estimated to take approximately 24 full-grown trees to make a standard ton of saleable paper. We could save 250 million trees each year by recycling newspapers. The impact on our forests is staggering. It takes approximately 80 years for a single tree to reach maturity. Our forests are disappearing at increasingly alarming rates and that loss contributes to global warming.


Our delicate global ecosystems are so ravaged by industries that recycling all forms of paper is not just something that helps but is a vital responsibility. When we promote recycling, we show our children that we care what kind of planet our great-grandchildren have no choice but to inhabit. It only takes a couple of extra minutes out of each day to do the one thing we should be focusing all our attention on, delivering the healthiest environments possible for our future. Recycling paper not only saves trees but also reduces greenhouse gases and saves water and energy.


Whereas throwing all your paper in a bin, burying it in the garden, or feeding it to the worms is more than a good start, we cannot rest on our laurels. It helps to know that your recycling company sorts paper for you and many different paper products are usable. Unfortunately, some products are not recyclable like juice-boxes, magazines, and chemically treated paper. If the paper is soiled with food or other matter, it cannot go to the depot, but instead of tossing it in the trash, go ahead and toss it in your food waste receptacle.


Junk mail is a major culprit in paper waste. The good news is those annoying glossy pieces of paper that clutter your mailbox and your life are recyclable. Despite the digital age, businesses continue to go through heaps of paper. Aside from using remanufactured environmental materials with more respect, companies should consider dedicated bins for their mixed and individual paper waste products. We can organize regular pickups and drop-offs so all your team has to do is place the materials in the appropriate bins and we will do the rest. A company fostering best recycling practices contributes to that company’s positive standing in the community.


Trash King is dedicated to excellence and we have every type of paper recycling bin our clients could require. We have bins for low-grade paper, high-grade, de-inked, old newspaper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, and pulp substitute bins for paper manufacturers. We also offer single-stream and sorted-stream bins, in which all paper is thrown in or whereby staples, clips, etc, must first be removed, respectively, and which your average truck will not take. No matter what size the job, though your neighborhood curbside service may have limits, we will take all of your paper waste.


If your local waste management team has set maximums on the amount of trash they will take from a single location, we can help. Simply give us a call, tell us what the situation is and we will be happy to accommodate your paper recycling needs. The wooden fibers which make up the bulk of the material must only be used so many times to make another form of paper before it is dedicated elsewhere. Whereas high-grade can be used up to seven more times before the fibers are spent, corrugated cardboard, for example, is a little further down the line and must be recycled through differing processes.

Facility Directory

Bowen Island

  • Bowen Waste Solutions
  • 1065 Mt Gardner Rd
    Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2
  • (604) 947-2255
  • Disposal Yes
  • Recycling Yes


  • Bridgeview Bottle & Return-It Depot
  • Unit 118, 12332 Patullo Place
    Surrey, BC  V3V 8C3
  • (604) 587-5557
  • Disposal Yes
  • Recycling Yes


  • Cascades
  • 8325 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5X3M3
  • (604) 327-5272
  • Disposal Yes
  • Recycling Yes


  • Buranby Eco-Centre
  • 4855 Still Creek Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6
  • (604) 294-7972
  • Disposal Yes
  • Recycling Yes


  • Coquitlam Return-It
  • 104 – 2560 Barnet Highway
    Coquitlam, BC V3H 1W3
  • (604) 464-6648
  • Disposal Yes
  • Recycling Yes



At the end of the day, it is up to you, the individual, to be the change you wish to see. Build that utopia from the ground up because the only limit to our incredible human ingenuity is our willingness to explore imagination and shepherd new generations of dreamers to do what is never impossible. Fight the good fights and, by gum, get a bin for all that paper! Trash King Dumpster Rentals & Bins is perfectly designed to assist you and, if you look hard enough, you really can see the entire history of the universe in a scrap of paper.


We have been serving the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, and multiple locations across Canada. Vancouver is a city we spend a lot of time in and take a lot of waste from, recycling or otherwise. Banning single-use bags, straws, and plastics, Vancouver has been leading the province in the fight to combat deforestation, desertification, and subsequent climate change. Legislators are beginning to understand the importance of protecting our future and the employment opportunities that are generated in the recycling industry. A lot of job opportunities are created right from picking up old papers to the transportation of newspapers.


No matter what your paper recycling needs we are your trusted experts. We march to the beat of higher standards where our precious planet is concerned. Unfortunately, we are still way behind where we should be concerning this place we call home. We must work harder to preserve resources and protect the biodiversity of our planet which is not an inheritance but something we borrow from the little ones who ultimately have to clean up our mess. Trash King works diligently to ensure our future citizens have less to clean up. Give us a call, jump on board and help us build a greener future.

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