Paper Waste. Did you know...
Paper and paperboard constitute 36% of the total amount of solid waste produced.
Paper can be recycled about four times before it loses its tensile strength.
U.S. businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year --the equivalent of 175 pounds per average office worker.
If each copier in the U.S. made five fewer copies every day, we could save up to 1.4 million trees per year.
Making new paper from old paper uses up to 55% less energy than making paper from trees, and creates much less air and water pollution.
Every year, Americans throw away enough office paper to build a wall 12 feet high, stretching from LA to NYC.
If only 100,000 people stopped their junk mail, we could save about 150,000 trees every year.
If we all recycled our Sunday papers, we could save over 500,000 trees each week.
Of the 62.5 million newspapers printed each day seventy percent will be thrown away.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE PAPER WASTE
Aluminum, Glass and Plastic.Did you know...
It takes 19 times as much energy to manufacture an aluminum can from raw ore than from recycled aluminum.
The average aluminum can goes from the supermarket shelf to scrap and back to the shelf in 42 days.
The average American uses about 42 lbs. of aluminum each year, while the average Chinese or Mexican uses less than 2 lbs.
Every year we throw out 28 billion glass bottles and jars.
Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and throw away 55 billion cans each year.
In 1991 the U.S. recycled 56.8 billion cans. Contribute to rising recycling rates by rates by placing rinsed beverage containers in a designated recycling receptacle. Buy products in reusable, refillable, or recyclable containers.