You’ve probably seen the ads for paper towels.
The one with the woman standing on a dock with a stack of recyclables.
Or maybe you’ve even seen a video of a man trying to collect his wife’s old paper towels by hand.
These ads are an example of a new phenomenon known as “paper-washing” in which consumers are increasingly turning to recycling paper towels to save money.
But is paper towels actually recyclible?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paper towels are classified as a hazardous waste and can be treated with chemical agents that are used to destroy the paper.
According to EPA guidelines, paper towel treatment and disposal can only occur when the towels have been in contact with the chemical agent for more than 1 minute, have been washed with soap and water, and have been separated from the paper material with a minimum of 10 seconds of exposure to the agent.
It also states that a chemical agent must be present on the towel, including but not limited to: ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine.
While some manufacturers are now using a non-chemical agent to treat paper towels and other paper products, many consumers still prefer to use the chemical.
According the Consumer Reports consumer website, “the most common chemical in the paper towel industry is hydrogen perchlorate.”
How is hydrogenperoxide used?
According the company, hydrogenperoxides are used as a chemical treatment for paper and paperboard, a chemical that is used to treat wood, paper, and cardboard.
This chemical can damage fibers, causing damage to the paper and the fibers themselves.
When the fibers are exposed to the hydrogen peroxy compound, they break down and become unusable, which can then lead to a buildup of the hydrogenperoxy compound in the fibers, creating an environment that causes a buildup in the chemical compound and eventually lead to the destruction of the paper or paperboard.
The Environmental Protection Association says that hydrogenperoethane is used in the following ways: to clean the fibers for reuse in paper or plastic products; to treat or repair paper or board; to clean paper or other paperboard; to remove paper from the packaging of paper or plastics; and to remove cellulose from paper or fiber products.
How do paper towels end up in landfill?
There are two main ways that paper towels can end up on the landfill.
First, the material may end up as paper waste.
According EPA, paper that has been in a landfill for more then 12 months is considered non-hazardous waste and is treated with an organic acid to remove the organic matter.
According an EPA report, “In the case of paper waste, the organic material may be from paper towels or other items that were previously used for paper production, or from discarded products.
Other non-food waste may include other paper materials, which were not used for the production of paper products.”
In this case, the paper can endup in the landfill and the chemicals used to make the paper have been used to break down the paper fibers.
Second, paper products can end.
According a report by Consumer Reports, in 2012, there were an estimated 13 million tons of paper produced worldwide and the average paper used in products was 25 percent recycled.
In a statement, the EPA says that, “The EPA does not classify paper towels as a material that may be hazardous to the environment.
However, certain products, including paper products used in household items and household packaging, are considered hazardous waste under the Federal Hazardous Waste Standard.”
How do you clean up paper towels?
While there are many companies that offer cleaning services to paper towels (think Amazon), some have their own practices.
Consumer Reports notes that some of the cleaner companies, like Paper Cleaners, do not require paper towels in their service.
The cleaner companies also sell paper towels from their website, and some of them even offer paper towels for free to customers.
The Consumer Reports website also notes that Paper Cleaner’s website states that, in addition to paper cleaning, they also offer “clean towels and paper bags” as well as other cleaning services, which includes “paper towels, paper pads, paper cleaning kits, paper mops, paper scissors, paper tongs, paper comb, paper paper towels.”
In addition, they have an online store that is selling paper towels called Paper Clean, which is a great option if you don’t have a place to store your paper towels before cleaning.
Consumers can also recycle paper towels at home with the help of a paper towel machine.
According Consumer Reports the cost of a machine is about $50.
The company offers several models, including the Paper Clean paper towel, which comes in a variety of sizes.
They also offer a paper cleaning machine that includes paper towels up to 20 inches in diameter, as well a paper bag that is about the size of a cup.
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