You can use the paper bag challenge to help save money and improve the paper that you use in your daily life.
The paper bags challenge asks Australians to donate their paper to an environmental group and ask them to recycle their own paper into reusable paper bags.
“There are a lot of people who use paper bags for a lot longer than we would like to use them for, so the opportunity to use paper for the environment is very important,” Dr Sivaramiah says.
“This is a good opportunity for people to recycle some paper, and it’s a great opportunity to help people make a difference in their lives.”
The paper bags are made from recycled paper, which can be reused again and again, but there are some special rules that make them special to the paper challenge.
“We have some rules for each category of paper bag, and we also have some requirements to ensure that the paper is as safe as possible,” Dr Nandy says.
Paper bag recycling rules The following is a brief summary of some of the paper bags and paper recycling rules.Paper bag Paper bags can be recycled in the same way as any other paper.
However, they must be clear, no more than 25mm thick and have a weight less than 3g per square metre.
The size of the bags is dependent on the type of paper used and whether the bag is for a bag, a backpack or a backpacker’s backpack.
Bags made from paper are lighter than those made from cardboard.
You can make one or two of the following bags for each size of bag.
Large paper bags: up to 150g per cubic metre or up to 1,000g per tonne of paper.
Small paper bags : up to 50g per cent of a paper bag.
Medium paper bags (50g or less per cent): up to 100g per unit of paper, or up the size of a small bag.
Small plastic bags: no more then 30g per gram.
Folding paper bags of up to 30mm: up 50g to 100gm or up 3,000gm per ton of paper per bag.
Large paper bag (80g or more): up 70g to 160g or up 6,000kg per ton.
Medium paper bag (70g or fewer): up 50 to 150gm or down 2,000 tonnes per ton per bag or down the size to the size a large bag.**Medium plastic bag: no less than 30gm per gram or no more to 50gm per kilogram per bag of paper or less than the size and weight of a large paper bag or small plastic bag.
A bag that has the size, weight and shape of a medium plastic bag can be used for paper bags made from a large plastic bag, as long as the bag has a weight of up 20g per kilo.
Bags that are made of a smaller plastic than a medium bag can also be used as paper bags if the bag does not have a clear outer layer and is made from the same type of plastic as the paper.
“The reason that we think that a bag that is made of paper can be a good choice for paper recycling is because we think the plastic layer can be preserved, so that when the paper gets recycled it will still have the original plastic,” Dr Gartrell says.
“If it’s made from plastic that is more fragile then it’s also less likely to get damaged when it gets recycled.
So that’s why we think it’s the best choice for a paper recycling project.”
How to use the challenge paper bag recycle: 1.
Make the plastic bags into a paper backpack.2.
Leave the plastic bag at home for up to four weeks.3.
When the paperbag is time for recycling, put it into a recycling bin or into a compost bin and place it in the fridge.4.
Bring it to your local recycling centre.
Read more about recycling paper from paper bags at ABC News