American’s use more than 67 million tons of paper per year, or 580 pounds per person.
Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California.
One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.
The average school tosses 38 tons of paper more than 8 million sheets a year!
Every ton = 220,000 sheets of paper.
It can take just seven days to recycle newspapers and magazines back into new ones.
The EPA has found that recycling causes 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution.
Recycling 1 ton of newspaper eliminates 3 cubic meters of landfill.
Decomposing paper releases biogas such as methane, which is a greenhouse gas linked to global warming.
Junk Mail
American’s receive almost 4.5 million tons of junk mail per year.
About 44% of junk mail is never opened.
Every person in the US receives the equivalent of one and a half trees per year or approximately 560 pieces of junk mail per year.
The average person gets 1.5 personal letters per week compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.
Approximately 40% of the solid waste mass that makes up our landfills is paper and cardboard.
100 million trees are ground up each year to produce junk mail.
Good News
The U.S. paper industry has set a goal to recover 55% of all the paper consumed in the U.S. by 2012.
Paper packaging recovery was responsible for about 76.6% of packaging materials recycled with more than 24 million pounds recovered in 2005.
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