Paper is such a common material in the home and in offices, it is also so easy to recycle! Just toss it in a separate bin and it's ready to be brought to a drop off location. There's no rinsing, no mess and no hassle at all! The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
Here are some numbers to help put things into perspective! Each ton of recycled paper can save:
- 17 trees
- 380 gallons of oil
- 4000 kilowatts of energy
- 60,000 gallons of water
- 275 pounds of sulfur
- 350 pounds of limestone
- To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
- Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
- If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
- If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you'd get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just in the United States!!!
- The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
- Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
- Consider some of these options to help combat the amount of wasted paper and energy.
- Use recycled paper or recycle your own paper by using the back side if you can.
- Go paperless whenever possible with things such as bank and credit card statements
- Think before you print if it's something useful or wasteful.
When you choose to recycle...
- Using old paper to make new paper uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than making paper from trees.
- Pollution is also reduced by 95 percent when used paper is made into new sheets.
- 40 percent of all waste going to landfills is paper. Cutting down on paper waste will extend the lives of our landfills.
- Newspaper can be recycled into egg cartons, game boards, new newspaper, gift boxes, animal bedding, insulation and packaging material.
- Office paper is recycled into paper towels, tissue paper and toilet paper.
- Corrugated cardboard is created into new cardboard and cereal boxes.
The Team Green of Southwest Louisiana has a roaming recycle truck as well as
permanent locations for drop offs. Check it out!