Recycling and Generation
Why Recycle Paper?
Check out these statistics on document shredding & recycling courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency:
- On average, a typical office generates about one pound of paper per employee and from that paper 77% of it is recyclable.
- Most paper waste is high grade paper.
- Using old paper to make new paper uses approximately 30-50% less energy than using trees first.
- Pollution in the production of newly recycled paper is reduced by 95% when made into new pieces of paper.
- 40% of all waste going to landfills is paper, cutting down on paper waste will extend the lives of existing landfills.
- Newspaper can be recycled into egg cartons, game boards, new newspapers, gift boxes, animal bedding, insulation and packaging material.
- Office paper is recycled into paper towels, tissue paper, and toilet paper.
- Corrugated cardboard boxes create new cardboard and cereal boxes.
The benefits of document shredding & recycling to the environment are obvious.
For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved:
- 17 trees
- 275 pounds of sulfur
- 350 pounds of limestone
- 9,000 pounds of steam
- 60,000 gallons of water
- 225 kilowatt hours
- 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
Now that you know facts about recycling paper, contact us to learn more about our paper recycling programs.