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Paper Recycling

Recycling one ton of paper:

Saves 4,100 kWh of energy
Saves 9 barrels (380 gallons) of oil
Saves 54 million Btu's of energy
Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
Saves 60 pounds of air pollutants being released
Saves 7,000 gallons of water
Saves 17 trees

Paper Recycling Tips 

  • Recyclable paper includes: Magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes. 
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs. 
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper. Did You Know? 
  • 4.5 million tons of office paper is thrown away each year in the United States. 
  • Enough office and writing paper is thrown away each year to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from Los Angeles to New York City.
  • Annually, each person in the United States uses paper equivalent to two pine trees. Recycled paper saves 33% of the total energy needed for virgin paper. 
  • The average American uses 650 lbs. of paper per year. 
  • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution, and 75% less processed energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.