does recycled paper break down faster than new paper?



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    If the two papers were presented with the same conditions I would say yes. This isn’t a definite yes because there are many types of paper with different thicknesses and properties.

    But in general recycled paper is made of shorter threads and composted of reconstituted pulp, making it easier to break down. After too many rounds of recycling ( 4-6 times) the recycled paper fibres become too short to be used in paper-making, something else to note is that even when paper is made out of recycled material it will have to be combined with virgin plant fibre.

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