Epson aims to revolutionise office paper recycling

Epson has revealed details of a new integrated system that shreds A3 and A4 sheets and turns them into new office paper – all on-site.

The company said it plans to put its new PaperLab into commercial production in Japan next year, with sales to other regions to be decided at a later date.

The PaperLab securely shreds documents and transforms them into fibres. It then uses a dry process to turn these fibres into copy paper, coloured or scented paper, or even business cards.

Epson says PaperLab produces the first new sheet of paper about three minutes after it has been loaded with waste paper and switched on, and that the system can produce about 14 A4 sheets per minute and 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour day.

The system will make its first public appearance at the Eco-Products 2015 trade shown in Tokyo later this month where Epson will be demonstrating a developmental prototype.

Epson has also produced a video showing how the system works.

By Andy Braithwaite for

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