Waste Paper and the Environment
One of the primary activities of Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company is the collection of waste paper which has a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole. Waste paper is defined as used newspapers, magazines, books and cartons. This type of waste represents up to 33% of total waste in some countries which could negatively impact the environment, if not properly handled. The potential harm of waste paper is summarized in the following points:
- Waste paper normally ends up in garbage disposal dumping sites in quantities that exceed the capacity of the dumping site for these waste materials.
- Waste paper would be dumped along with the other types of waste materials As a result of the excessive humidity conditions, mosquitoes and other types of insects multiply at very high rates.
- Burning the waste materials causes pollution to the atmosphere and poses a fire risk to the environment as well as to private property.
- Leaving the waste materials without treatment would lead to the formation of methane gas ,which is harmful to both human health and to the environment (the global warming phenomenon).
Accordingly, the collection of waste paper serves to eliminate these harmful effects and results in the following benefits:
- Disposing of waste materials in an economical, scientific way.
- Preserving the environment primarily through preserving its natural resources and the biodiversity of trees through reducing dependence on imported pulp, which depends for its production on cutting down forest trees.
- Raising environmental awareness and healthy practices of the public.
The Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company is committed to continuously increasing its reliance on waste paper as a major factor of production in its manufacturing operations. It has clearly demonstrated this through its investments in paper de-inking technology and waste paper collection centers that are dispersed throughout the Arab world.