Recycling Facts
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Some Interesting Facts:

  • Paper waste comprises 40% of our municipal solid waste stream.
  • Less than 1/3 of our paper is manufactured from recycled sources, and in the U.S., 99% of the virgin fiber used for paper manufacturing comes from trees.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that by 2010, worldwide paper and paperboard consumption will increase 90% from 1993. This equates to a consumption level of 528 million tons.
  • U.S. businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, the equivalent of 175 pounds per office worker.
  • On average, every American consumes over 730 pounds of paper a year, making the U.S. the world's greatest paper consumer. A 12-foot high wall stretching from New York City to Los Angeles could be built with our annual office and writing paper waste.
  • The 300 million rolls of fax paper we use each year is enough to go from the Earth to the moon 26 times.
 
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Benefits of Recycling
Recycling one ton of new paper translates into the savings of:

  • 17 mature pulp-producing trees
  • 78.75 gallons of oil
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 41,000 Kilowatt hours of energy

Additionally, air pollution is reduced by 60 pounds and three cubic yards of landfill space are conserved.

  • If each copier in the U.S. made 5 fewer copies a day, we could save up to 1.4 million trees.
  • Paper fibers can be recycled about six or seven times before they begin to disintegrate.

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What You Can Do:

  • Follow your office building's recycling program.
  • Buy recycled office products.
  • Whenever possible, print double-sided.
  • Use the back of old documents as scrap paper.
  • Send electronic copies instead of paper.
  • Circulate office memos to avoid excess copying.
  • Preview documents on screen before printing.
  • Avoid using fax cover sheets.
  • Copy materials only as needed.

You save with recycling

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