Some more facts about recycling

* Many idle electronics – TVs, VCRs, DVD and CD players, telephones wireless, microwaves – use energy even when off the clock, backlit display and memory chips and remote controls working. Nationally, these sources of energy “vampires” use 5 percent of our domestic energy costs consumers more than $ 8 billion annually. (Alliance to Save Energy, 2005)

* PAPER Each of us uses about 100 meters from a tree height of Douglas fir in paper and wood products year. (EPA, 2008) * More than 56 percent of paper consumption in the United States in 2007 were recovered for recycling – the highest of all time. This impressive is equivalent to almost 360 pounds of paper for every man, woman and child in America. (Paper Industry Association Council, 2007) * More than 400 paper mills in the United States use at least a portion of the recovered materials in their manufacturing processes, and more than 200 of these mills use recovered fiber exclusively. (EPA, 2008) of saving energy, water, etc. * DIP fiber paper is the most effective source of fiber for the manufacture of new paper products, one ton of inked pulp save over 7000 gallons of water, 390 liters of oil, and reducing air emissions of 60 pounds compared to traditional virgin fiber processes. (Abitibi-Consolidated, 2005) * Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough power for the average American home for five months. (EPA, 2008) * Recycling paper instead of new material generates air pollution and water consumption 74 percent to 50 percent less. (EPA, 2008) the production of recycled paper * requires about 60 percent of energy used to manufacture paper from virgin wood pulp. (EPA, 2008) uses recycled paper


* Just over 48% of office paper was recovered for recycling. This becomes the raw material for paperboard, tissue and printing and writing. (Keep America Beautiful, 2006) * Over 73% of all newspapers are recovered for recycling. Nearly a third returned to making more newsprint. The rest is used to make cardboard, cloth, and insulation, or exported. (Keep America Beautiful, 2006)

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