Reuse and Recycling are at the heart of the circular economy
Reuse is a repeated use of a product or component for its intended purpose, avoiding landfill and eliminating waste. For mail, this can refer to the re-use of many products within the mail process, such as ink cartridges, trays, mail bags and elastic bands. Recycling is a transformation of a product or component into its basic materials or substances and reprocessing them into new materials.
For mail, this relates to the recycling of paper fibres, which can be recycled many times within the paper materials used for mail packs, until the point that they are no longer strong enough to provide the quality needed. Take a look at the figures and targets for paper recycling.