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Paper Recycling

  • Americans recover for reuse a third of all the paper recovered in the world.  This volume, exceeding 40 million tons, enables U.S. papermakers to recycle enough paper each year to fill a 15milelong train of boxcars, an average of 297 pounds per person.
  • In 1993, more paper was recovered for recycling than was sent to landfills.
  • In 1994, more paper was recovered in the United States for recycling than went to landfills, saving more than 90 million cubic yards of landfill space.  Americans now recover 40% of all paper used in the United States, and the paper industry has set a goal to recover  for recycling and reuse  half of all paper Americans use by the year 2000.
  • The U.S. paper industry is a leader in America's recycling effort.  The U.S. recovery rate for 1995 was 44%, up from 40% in 1994.
  • By 2000, twice as much paper will be recovered as landfilled in the U.S.  By 2000, recovered paper will supply 40% of all fiber used to make paper and paperboard products  up from 25% in 1988.
  • Over the past two decades, the paper industry has reduced its energy consumption and use of fossil fuel by 60%
  • More than half of all newspapers are now recycled to make new paper products.
  • As recently as 1985, only five mills in North America produced newsprint with recovered content; today there are 35.  Approximately 70% of all corrugated paper material is recovered for recycling.
  • Paper recycling efforts extend beyond fiber to chemical wastes recovered in the manufacturing process.  Today, pulp and paper mills recover about 98% of all chemicals used to produce pulp from wood chips.  These wastes are burned for fuel or used in surprising new ways, e.g. as fertilizers for agriculture or as components in chemical products such as ethanol.
  • Trees are a renewable resource, and forest products are recyclable and biodegradable.  In 1993, 13.6 million tons of wood were recovered for recycling and reuse in products ranging from particleboard to paper to garden mulch.
  • Every ton of paper recovered for recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 10:12 AM
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