Paper Recycling Facts

recycleTo produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.

recycleRecycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees

recycleIf all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees a year!

recycleIf you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you'd get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarketcan go through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just in the United States!!!

recycleThe average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood and other productsmade from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!

recycleThe amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.

recycleApproximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.

recycleAmericans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.

recycleThe average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.

recycleIn 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

recycleEach ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oils, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energyand 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!

recycleThe 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.

recycleThe construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.


Solid Waste and Landfills

recycleAbout one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!

recycleEvery yeaer, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.

recycleThe U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

recycleThe highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is "Mount Rumpke". It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1,045 ft. above sea level

recycleThe US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.

recycleOut of every $10 spent buying things, $1(10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.

recycleOn average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.

These recycling facts have been compiled from various sources including the National Recyling Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency, and