The paper recycling segment of the recycling industry collects, sorts, and processes the recovered fiber into a specification grade product. That product is sold and transported to paper mills worldwide for reprocessing and production into new packaging, office paper, tissue, newsprint, and a multitude of other paper products.
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- 17 trees
- 275 pounds of sulfur
- 79 gallons of oil
- 100 gallons of gasoline
- 350 pounds of lime
- 9,000 pounds of steam
- 7,000 gallons of water
- 4.000 kilowatt hours of electricity (enough to power the average U.S. home for five months), and
- 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
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.
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.
While all countries must strive to improve their procedures, here are some encouraging paper recycling facts:
Forty-five percent (45%) of the world’s total paper production is produced using recovered paper and board, also known as recovered fiber or paper.
In the U.S., roughly 80% of America’s paper mills rely on paper recycling to make some or all of their products.
One hundred and forty mills use only recovered paper to manufacture new products.
The United States recovered 51.8 million tons of paper in 2008.
Of this total, 57.4% of the paper was consumed in the U.S. (enough paper to fill more than 100 Empire State Buildings).
20.1 million tons of recovered paper was exported in 2008, including;
- 2.8 million tons of printed news,
- 6.3 million tons of corrugated cardboard,
- 7.2 million tons of mixed paper,
- 600,000 tons of hi-grade paper,
- 1.3 million tons of pulp subs, and
- 1.7 million tons of other forms of recovered paper.
Due to modern paper recycling procedures, more than 70% of the corrugated containers and newspapers consumed are recovered.
Each percentage point of recovery represents roughly 1 million tons of fiber.
Using recycled materials vs. virgin requires only 60% of the energy.
Paper recycling prevents more than 115 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
Every day, Americans buy about 62 million newspapers and throw out around 44 million of them.
If we recycled just half our newsprint every year, we would need 3,200 fewer garage trucks to collect our trash.
Every year nearly 900,000,000 trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
It takes a 15-year-old tree to produce 700 grocery bags.
Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees in newsprint each year.
Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year.
That’s enough to build a 12 foot-high wall of paper from New York to California.
If Americans recycled every phone book each year, an estimated 650,000 tons of paper could be saved.
Recycling half the world’s paper would free 20 million acres of forest land.
Recycling one stack of newspapers about 6 feet tall saves the life of one tree 35 feet tall.
The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.
This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost 60 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere that would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from virgin resources.
Recycled paper is made to the same standards as paper made from virgin pulp.
Moreover, recycled paper has features which make it more desirable than virgin paper, such as being more opaque, dense, and flexible.
Paper plus cardboard combined make up 73% of the materials in the landfill.
For every 15,000 tons of old newspaper recycled annually;
- 30 jobs are created to collect the paper,
- 40 jobs are created to process the paper,
- 75 jobs are required to manufacture the newsprint.
Making a ton of virgin paper requires:
- 3,688 lbs. of wood,
- 24,000 gallons of water,
- 216 lbs. of lime,
- 360 lbs. of salt cake and
- 76 lbs. of soda ash.
We then have to treat and dispose of:
- 84 lbs. of air pollutants,
- 36 lbs. of water pollutants and
- 176 lbs. of solid waste.
A typical office generates about;
1 pound of paper per employee, and from that paper 77 percent of what is wasted in offices across the country is recyclable.
Most of the paper wasted is high grade paper.
Using old paper to make new paper uses 30 to 50 percent less energy than making paper from trees.
Pollution is reduced by 95 percent when used paper is made into new sheets.
40 percent of all waste going to landfills is paper.
Cutting down on paper waste will extend the lives of our landfills.
Newspaper can be recycled into:
Office paper is recycled into;
Tissue paper and
Corrugated cardboard is created into;
New cardboard and
With these facts about recycling paper the multiple benefits to the environment are obvious.
- White paper
- Colored paper
- White and colored envelopes with windows
- Fax and telex copy paper
- Greeting & Thank You cards
- Adding machine tape
- Carbon-less forms
- Post-It notes
- Soft-covered books with white pages
- Time cards
- Manila folders
- Telephone directories
- Hanging file folders
No hazardous materials or products received by Land Shark Shredding for recycling are exported to third world countries. Unlike some recycling firms who illegally export unprocessed equipment with hazardous and toxic materials to Third World countries, we are vigilant in our efforts to ensure that even our partner companies are operating under a No Export Policy as well. We are doing our part to keep the planet and its people safe!
The US EPA and state and federal governments are more closely tracking the disposal practices of companies. Donation or employee purchase options are becoming less attractive alternatives because the liability for environmental hazards may fall back on the company with penalties applied against all involved parties. The safest way to protect your organization is to partner with a legally compliant electronics recycler like our partner. We are committed to following “Best Practices” and using only the safest methods to recycle your equipment. That’s why our partner is trusted by hundreds of organizations and Fortune 500 companies everywhere to provide safe, risk-free recycling.
- Personal Computers
- Floppy Drives
- Laptops and all accessories
- Monitors (all sizes)
- Inkjet Printers
- Dot Matrix Printers
- Cable Boxes
- A/C adapters
- Extensions Cords, etc.
- CD-Rom and Floppy Drives
- Medical Equipment
- Mainframe Equipment
- Mainframe Equipment
- Docking Stations
- VCR’s and DVD Players
- Miscellaneous Circuit Boards
- Cell Phones
- Laser Printers
- Scanners and Desktop copiers
- UPS Battery Back-ups
- Power Supplies
- Telecommunications Equipment
- Network Equipment
- Keyboards & Mice, Speakers
- Flat Panel Displays
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