According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper products are the greatest portion of the waste stream, but also offer the greatest opportunity for recycling. This leads to conserving resources, saving energy, stimulating the development of greener technologies and reducing the need for new landfills and incinerators.
At this point in our history Americans recover 57.4 percent of the paper they consume. This impressive figure equals 340 pounds for each man, woman, and child in America. Most of that recovered paper product goes back into new products we use every day – like newspapers, corrugated containers, grocery sacks, cereal boxes and office paper.
Besides using recovered paper and trees to make paper, paper mills may also use wood chips and sawdust left over from lumber operations (whose products are used to make houses, furniture, and other things). Today, more than 36 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States comes from recycled sources. www.paperrecycles.org
• In 2009 63.4% of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling.
• In 2008, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 340 pounds for every person in the U.S.
• In 2008, a record-high 57.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling.
• Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
• By 2012, the paper industry’s goal is to recover 60 percent of all the paper Americans consume for recycling, which is approximately 60 million tons of paper.
• One million tons of recovered paper is enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars. *More than 37 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States comes from recycled sources.
• 87 percent (approximately 268 million) of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
• The average office worker in the U.S. uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That’s 4 million tons of copy paper used annually. www.paperrecycles.org
• Each time paper is recycled, the fiber length decreases, which impacts its strength. It is estimated that paper has approximately seven generations, meaning it can be recycled up to seven times.
• Because paper is made from a renewable resource, introducing new, or “virgin” fiber into the process is a logical answer. Today approximately 80 percent of the nation’s paper mills use some recovered fiber in the production of new paper and paperboard products.
• Recovered fiber currently accounts for 37 percent of the fiber used to make new products in the U.S.
• Further, the U.S. forest products industry plants an average of 1.7 million trees every day—five new trees for every tree harvested. Thanks to the responsible forestry practices of U.S. companies, the amount of standing timber in U.S. forests has increased by nearly 40 percent over the past half-century and by 10 million acres since 1990. www.earth911.com
All of these facts are great news for our businesses, communities and for our environment. In order to build on that success and continue the efforts consider a shredding and recycling program for your business or home. Let us destroy your private and sensitive information, while at the same time help you to do your part for our world by recycling 100% of the documents we destroy for you at your convenience. Call Secured Shred 1.888.747.3388 for more information.