With the average business employee producing up to 1.5 lbs. of paper waste per day and the average finance employee producing 2-3 lbs. a day, the benefits of recycling are quite obvious.
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Paper Recycling Facts
Paper is the most common material in our trash. Because of this, in order to significantly reduce the amount of trash in our landfills, we need to recycling paper.
Below is a list of Paper Recycling Facts.
Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.
Around 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
It takes more than 500,000 trees to produce the newspapers Americans read each Sunday, yet only 30% of all newspapers are recycled. Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
One million tons of recovered paper is enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars.
Recycled paper produces 73% less air pollution than if it was made from raw materials.
It takes 24 trees to make 1 ton of newspaper.
An average American uses 465 trees worth of paper during their lifetime.
Recycling half the world’s paper would free 20 million acres of forest land.
Paper plus cardboard combined make up 73% of the materials in the landfill.
In the manufacturing process of recycled paper
74% less air pollution is generated
35% less water pollution is generated
58% less water is required
64% less energy is required
One ton of high-grade recyclable paper can substitute for approximately 3 tons of wood in making new paper products.