Paper Recycling

Basic paper recycling facts

As paper accounts for the largest percentage of U.S. solid waste, paper recycling has a huge impact on our landfills while reducing the need to use more wood to produce new paper. Through the paper recycling process, we can save energy and resources, reduce emissions including water pollutants and greenhouse gases, and create employment opportunities in greener technologies.

Paper Recycling Facts

The good news is that people and companies in the U.S. are making a dedicated effort in recycling paper as part of a conscientious waste recycling program:

  • In 2006, 53 percent of the paper which was used made it into the recycling system.
  • The U.S. paper industry has set a goal of increasing this number to 60 percent by the year 2012.
  • Over 37 percent of the fiber used to make new paper comes from recycled sources.
  • Approximately 254 million (or 86 percent) of U.S. citizens have access either to curbside or to drop-off paper, cardboard and plastic recycling programs.

Recycling Paper at Home

It is simple to create a recycling-friendly household by placing containers for paper recycling next to ordinary waste baskets. It is easier to put recyclables in their own container than it is to go through your trash later to separate items. Having one large container for recyclable paper in the garage is not the best solution, as household members aren't likely to walk that far to dispose of their paper.

If curbside recycling pickup is not yet an option in your neighborhood, there is most likely a nearby drop-off recycling center that would be convenient for you to visit when necessary. When you're out shopping, make an effort to buy recycled paper products. By sending your paper waste to be recycled and then looking for recycled paper content in the products you purchase, you are truly helping to complete the "cycle"!

Recycling Paper in the Workplace

The place where you work may not be fully on board with recycling efforts, because often people who recycle diligently at home relax their efforts once they enter their workplace. If you work in an office environment, the amount of paper waste that is produced can be large, but workplaces are also well-suited for recycling programs. To initiate an effective office paper recycling program, enlist the help of co-workers who are enthusiastic about the idea. Work through a recycling plan together (including cardboard recycling), and pay attention to details such as what containers will be used to collect the paper and cardboard and how the recycled paper products will get to the recycling center.

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Posted on 9/19/2013 4:24:00 AM by Anonymous
Ugh, yeah. I think my husband tears them into smlaler booklets and hides them in the regular paper recycling they're not incompatible, just too bulky to be accepted in their full form.They're ready thin paper for wrapping small stuff, though and I know they make good papier-mache strips. Ooooh also tear out the map that includes your address (work or home), so you're ready if you need to mail directions to someone without internet. I've also heard you can shred them and slowly feed the shreddings to a compost pile but I haven't tried that (yet).
Posted on 9/17/2013 12:02:00 AM by Anonymous
i am trying to find a recycling place that pays for used paper
Posted on 6/27/2012 9:38:00 AM by Anonymous
i am trying to find a recycling place that pays for used paper
Posted on 4/23/2012 12:36:00 PM by Anonymous
I am trying to convince my job (TJMaxx) to start a paper recycling program, because we do plastic bags and cardboard but not paper! How messed up is that!? Well, anyway, apparently "we don't have the space", says my boss, but he also said that they ship away the recycled plastic bags, so why can't they shi[ away the recycled paper?!?! there is so much paper thrown out that could be saved. I bet almost 50% of our trast is paper products that could be recycled. How could I go about changing this? I'm only 17 years old, and my boss didn't seem to thrilled about the idea... I don't understand!
Posted on 2/1/2012 7:30:00 PM by Anonymous
There used to be newspaper drives in schools and clubs, are there any groups to donate newspapers to anymore/
Posted on 10/19/2011 4:19:00 PM by Anonymous
I attend my local college. I am a Freshman at this school, but not a beginner at life. I am 36 years old with five children. I make recycles out of cardboard. I want to get the importance of recycling out there. Please help me.
Posted on 9/9/2011 2:33:00 PM by Anonymous
Are all plastic containers purchased at general businesses such as grocery and over the counter stores approved for recycleing (ie: items numbered 1, 2 and 5?
Posted on 7/24/2011 10:50:00 PM by Anonymous