Paper Recycling Facts
1/ Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees,
7,000 gallons of water,
3 cubic yards of landfill space,
2 barrels of oil, and
4000 kilowatt hours of electricity. This is enough energy to power the
average American home for 5 months.
2/ The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials
generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
3/ Manufacturing recycled paper uses 60 percent of the energy needed to
make paper from new materials.
4/ Over 73 percent of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. About
33 percent of this is used to make newsprint the rest is used to make
paperboard, tissue, or insulation.
5/ A little more than 48 percent of all office paper is recycled. This is used
to make writing papers, paperboard, tissue, and insulation.
A major part of municipal waste is made up of paper and paper products
before the recovery of recyclable materials. Studies show up tp 35% of the
weight of solid waste is made up of paper. This means that any landfill in
use can be used longer if waste paper was recovered. This saving in
landfill volume is especially relevant today since landfill area is at a
Statistics & facts reportedby the United States Environmental Protection
Agency have shown that there is a reduction in air and water pollution
when paper products are recycled over the manufacturing of new paper.
Water pollution is lessened by 35 percent and air pollution is lessened by