What You Didn’t Know About Paper Recycling
Posted on January 19th, 2018 by Residential Waste Systems
If you’re reading this blog, don’t turn away now! Recycling paper might not sound like the most interesting subject matter on the internet, but that’s where you’re wrong! There are crucial facts about paper recycling you need to know — because once you’re aware of them, you’ll make a more conscious effort to recycle more in the future.
- Over 70 million tons of paper products are made each and every year. This includes over two million books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers.
- In 2011, the U.S. achieved a paper recovery rate of 66.8 percent — nearly double the recovery rate from 1990 (20 years makes the world of a difference)!
- More than one-third of all new paper products are comprised of recycled materials (the other two-thirds are comprised of whole trees and sawmill residue). By 2010, over 45 million tons of recycled paper were used in the production of new paper products.
- It is impossible for paper to be recycled more than a handful of times. As paper is recycled, the fibers become shorter and shorter. New fibers will need to be introduced, as recycled fibers are only good for roughly five to seven uses.
- Recycling paper products can help minimize the amount of trees needed, but can also help save energy, water, and limit byproducts. Recycling one ton of paper products can save:
- 7,000 gallons of water
- Six months worth of electricity to power the average home
- 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
- The production of one metric ton of carbon greenhouse gas
Being aware of the facts will help you realize how important paper recycling actually is. If you have any questions about recycling, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be sure to answer any and all questions!