Our varied Magazine sources include architecture firms, libraries, Doctor's offices, and even our own clients. We take these magazines, shred them in "The Disintegrator", and process the paper scrap to remove staples and any other contaminants. The result is a mix of colors in random chaotic awesomeness.
According to the Association of Magazine Media (MPR), there are around 400 million magazines printed in the United States annually. Of that 400 million magazines, approximately 1.5 millions tons of magazines are thrown away each year.
Back in 1992, Scrap Magazine reported that only 10 percent of old magazines were being recycled. Paper industry experts thought demand would increase, however, because of a new flotation deinking process that required the clay-coated groundwood paper on which most magazines and catalogs are printed. The Magazine Publishers of America predicted that, by the turn of the century, 60 percent of all magazines would be recycled.
That prediction was about half right. By 2000, the magazine recycling rate had reached 32 percent, and it has barely budged since. A new group has focused its attention on raising magazine recycling rates through public education, which it believes is the main barrier. But with domestic demand for OMG (magazines, catalogs, and other coated papers) stagnant or dropping, recyclers have little incentive to increase their collection of this grade or separate it from mixed paper.
Magazine paper, with its inks, calcium carbonate, and clay coatings, is the most difficult paper to recycle because the amount of reusable fiber that remains after washing is low compared with papers like newsprint and corrugated paperboard, thus recycling magazines is typically expensive and somewhat inefficient.
We'd like to keep this material from being shipped overseas or added to the landfill. Magazite is our answer.