Belarus learns to make office paper from waste

Belarus learns to make office paper from waste

The first line to produce office paper from waste paper in Belarus appeared in Borisov. The project cost more than two million dollars.

Until recently, the paper mill in Borisov processed 1-1,5 thousand tons of waste paper per year. However, the paper was of poor quality. To solve the problem, in 2013-2014, the factory spent more than $1.5 million on the purchase and installation of new equipment.

The United Nations Development Program and the European Union helped launch the process of recycling paper in order to make quality office paper. This was done in the framework of the project "Facilitating the transition of the Republic of Belarus to a green economy". The Borisov factory received 860,000 euros.

The project "Assistance to the transition of the Republic of Belarus to a green economy", funded by the European Union, is implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Belarus from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017 (budget is 5 million euros). 

In total, the European Union has allocated more than 12 million euros for the transition to a green economy model in Belarus.

Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Wiktorin said the cooperation of the European Union and Belarus in the green economy will be continued, and environmental protection will remain one of the priorities of the EU-Belarus cooperation.

According to various data, about 300,000-400,000 tons of waste paper can be collected annually in Belarus, but in reality only 80,000 tons are collected and processed.

A ton of waste paper from which paper was produced at the Borisov factory, depending on the quality, costs about 300-450 euros, and the cost of paper at the output is about 700-750 euros. 

If paper is made of cellulose (coniferous wood) at about 700 euros per ton, its cost price is about 1,000 euros per ton.

Thanks to the new equipment and technologies, it is now possible to use lower quality paper for production, which is cheaper.