Recyclable paper has been banned from Massachusetts landfills since 1994. Aside from the fact that paper recycling is mandatory, there are a number of other interesting facts of which you might not be aware of.
The Recycling Process
Paper is first sorted and then shredded before adding water to make “sludge”. This sludge is then dried and later used to create new paper products. Each time paper is recycled, some of its fibers break down. As such, its use will change with each subsequent recycling. Office paper can be recycled to make newspaper, which can then be de-inked and used to make paper towels or toilet tissue. Paper towels and toilet tissue cannot be recycled due to their lack of fibers.
Other Fun Facts
- The EPA estimates that around 44 million tons of paper was recycled in 2012, which amounted to a recycling rate of around 65 percent.
- Around 70% of all newspaper and 91% of all corrugated cardboard was recycled in 2012
- Not all recovered paper stays in the United States. Around 42% of it is exported overseas before being recycled
- More than 5,000 different products can be made from recycled paper
- The average American consumes six trees that are forty feet tall worth of paper each year, despite the fact that paper usage is currently decreasing
- One ton of recycled paper is capable of saving as many as 17 trees
- Using recovered paper to make new paper consumes up to 50 percent less energy
- Approximately 40 percent of all landfill waste in the United States is paper
- Envelopes with windows may be recycled; however, carbon paper, brown and kraft envelopes and coffee cups cannot be
Recycling office paper is good for the environment and businesses alike. Here at First Call Trucking and Courier, we make recycling as easy as possible by picking up your recyclable paper and delivering it directly to the recycling plant for little or no cost to you. We even provide the recycling bins. To find out more, contact us.