Paper & Cardboard Recycling

Despite our growing reliance on electronic devices, paper & cardboard remain one of the world’s most commonly used consumer items. We still consume almost 230kg of virgin paper per person per year, contributing to increased greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
Facts about Paper & Cardboard
tonnes of paper to landfill in Australia each year
of water used in the creation
of 1 sheet of A4 paper
trees are destroyed each year to make junk mail

What is Paper & Cardboard waste?

Paper & Cardboard is one of the simplest products to recycle and by maximising our reuse of this material we can all reduce the number of virgin trees being felled to create new products.

What goes in the paper & cardboard bin?


  • White & all coloured paper
  • Envelopes (including window face)
  • Manila folders
  • Binder dividers
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper, Magazines & Brochures


  • Plastic, metal & glass
  • Liquids
  • Chemicals

Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.


SUEZ paper and carboard poster


  • Telephone books
  • Note paper
  • Photocopy paper
  • Shredded paper
  • Printed documents
  • Reports (including staples)
Bin and container options

Where does Paper & Cardboard waste go?

Paper & cardboard waste gets put in bins or containers with a blue lid or signage.

SUEZ offers complete source separation and recycling services for offices that maximise resource recovery and recycling rates.


Other source separation receptacles available for your office recycling system are*:

  • 60L Multisort bins
  • 120L and 240L bins colour coded to Australian Standard for easy waste stream identification
  • Under desk and office floor boxes


* Please note that service availability and container sizes may vary across locations.


What happens to Paper & Cardboard?

Paper & Cardboard is sent to one of our resource recovery centres or material recycling facility  where it is screened, decontaminated, sorted and baled.

What happens to paper & cardboard

Paper & cardboard recycling process