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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Importance of Recycling Paper

Immediate as well as senseless disposal of paper is often a problem among individuals, households and organizations as the first clutters space, and the latter cause much environmental degradation.
According to Red Orbit, by recycling paper:

  • Disposal problems are reduced.
  • Production of recycled paper involves between 28 - 70% less energy consumption.
  • Uses less water. Most of the energy used in papermaking is the pulping done to turn wood into paper.
  • Fewer pollution to air and water by lessening use of bleach. Oxygen is more often used than chlorine and this reduces the amount of dioxins (by-product of the chlorine bleaching processes) to the environment.
  • Paper as a biodegradable material rots when thrown in landfill. It produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas which is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves about 30000 liters of water, about 3000 4000 kWh electricity.

Wikipedia lists down the following statistics on paper consumption:

  • average per capita paper use in the USA in 2001 was 700 pounds (320 kg) while the average per capita paper use worldwide was 110 pounds (50 kg).
  • About 95% of business information is still stored on paper.
  • Recycling 1 short ton (0.91 t) of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7 thousand US gallons (26 m3) of water, 3 cubic yards (2.3 m3) of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil (84 US gal or 320 l), and 4,100 kilowatt-hours (15 GJ) of electricity.
  • 41% of all paper is used in packaging.
  • 115 billion sheets of paper are used annually for personal computers. The average daily web user prints 28 pages daily
  • Corrugated fiberboard boxes have over 25% recycled fibers but some are 100% recycled fiber.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. Recycling is good. Over the years I’ve ordered dozens of catalogs that were printed with less than expected quality, some being downright scrappy. A couple months ago my company in Hobe Sound FL, printed some catalogs with PCA Delta and they were great. I’ve been printing with them ever since. They show care for the environment by using soy based inks, plus recycled papers are available upon request. If you need items printed on recycled paper go to I strongly recommend them.