Deinking is what happens when Dean Koontz and Stephen King co-author a book…certainly not!

By Winn Apple   |   Published June, 2011

But wouldn’t that be intriguing! Though, I much prefer the pen name Kingkoontz.

So, we have established deinking isn’t a new series of twisted suspense thrillers. Rather than just tell you what it is, let’s test that superior intellect of yours with a little multiple choice.

Deinking is accurately described as which of the following –

A. The painful process of removing a tattoo (not from Fantasy Island) – Mr. Roarke needs him!

B. A procedure designed to ensure the smooth operation of your piston. Keep it PG people. We’re speaking fountain pens here. Geeze!

C. A James Bond maneuver, performed by releasing a mist of ink between he and his pursuer – resulting in a successful getaway and the subsequent smooth operation of his piston. OK, fine that time we weren’t speaking of fountain pens. He is 007 after all.

D. The super sexy removal of ink from post consumer paper, in preparation for recycling.

I know, I know, you really want the answer to be “C”…but it’s not. It is indeed “D” – the super sexy removal of ink from post consumer paper. For the moment, we must leave Fantasy Island and Mr. Bond to speak of things related to recycled paper. I mean RECYCLED PAPER!

Let’s begin at the paper mill where all of your note worthy efforts in recycling has resulted in a big ole truck load of news papers, magazines, office waste and paperboard being delivered. From here, the paper must be sorted.

“Why?” you ask.

Recycled paper can only be used to make the same or lower quality than it was originally – can’t make silk from sow’s ear. The pulpmill uses waste paper grade according to the paper quality they want to make.

The next few steps involve:

• Removing the extraneous materials like twine, strapping and staples

• Chopping the paper into pulp, also known as pulp slurry

• Cleaning the pulp to remove dense materials and contaminants

It’s beginning to sound like a spa treatment in Amsterdam after a particularly wild night.

Finally, we have arrived at the deinking stage! This is where the magic happens.

The two most common processes are flotation deinking and wash deinking.

In floation, the process causes air bubbles to attach to ink particles – together they lift to the top, forming a thick froth, which is removed. Sounds suspiciously like a Guinness Draft.

In Wash Deinking, dispersants or cleansers are added to wash out printing inks. The small particles of ink are released when the pulp is filtered.

If our squeaky clean pulp is destined to be a very crisp white, it continues on to the whitening portion of the paper pulp spa day. Due to the fact that this process tends to damage the paper fiber, most recycled paper does not go through an additional whitening process. We want to keep those fibers healthy and strong, so they can live to be a ripe old age – strong enough to go through the recycling process multiple times.

And there you have it folks – deinking in a nut shell.

Now scram! You’ve got letters to write to Kingkoontz, demanding that the story of James Bond trapped on Fantasy Island with only a handful of eels to ensure his getaway must be weaved. Don’t forget to use that deinked, recycled paper – like the kind you’ll find at Bacchus Press!

Till next time…keep it Green!

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About the Author

In addition to crafting content and blogs, Winn Apple writes short stories and novellas for middle-grade readers. You can find her short stories along with a portfolio on her site,


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