Paper Recycling Facts
Did you Know?
To produce each week's Sunday newspaper 500,000 trees have to be cut down for their pulp.
If we recycled all newspapers globally, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year.
A 15 year old tree can make about 700 paper bags, and a busy supermarket can go through 700 paper bags in under an hour.
About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%.
More Paper Recycling Facts
Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States of America.
Americans use around 680 lbs. each individually.
Every ton or 2,000 lbs. of recycled paper can save 17 trees.
Every ton or 2,000 lbs. of recycled paper can save 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, and 7,000 gallons of water. Being in the southwest, we know how precious water will be in the coming years with our current 20-year drought.
17 trees can absorb 250 lbs. of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
Recycling and Jobs
Did you Know?
Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.
( EPA, "Resource Conservation Challenge: Campaigning Against Waste," EPA 530-F-02-033, 2002)
Recycling with Elevated Shredding provides local jobs and stimulates our local Flagstaff economy.