Paper is left in a paper product, the paper turns yellow and Recycled

paper fiber is usually mixed with recycled paper when new paper products are made. Most cardboard boxes are a mixture of 50 percent new and 50 lumber. However, a recycling mill may consume more fossil fuels than a paper mill. Paper mills generate much of their energy from waste wood, but recycling mills purchase most of their energy from local power companies or use on-site cogeneration facilities.

Making recycled paper does require fewer chemicals and bleaches than making all-new paper. Although recycled paper is less polluting than paper made from wood fiber, both processes produce different by-products. Paper mills may emit more sulfur dioxide, but recycling mills may produce more sludge. Deinking at Cross Pointe’s Miami, Ohio mill results in 440 pounds of sludge for every ton of wastepaper recycled.

- recycling Cardboard saves 24% of energy
- recycling Paper saves 40% of energy and 73% of air pollution

this totals to saving 64% of energy and 73% of air pollution

**Paper recycling** does mean fewer trees are used to make paper, but all-new paper is almost always made from trees specifically grown for papermaking. A tree harvested for papermaking is soon replaced by another, so the cycle continues. “We are not talking about the rain forest or old growth in the Pacific Northwest,” says Champion Paper’s Martin Blick. “*Most of the trees cut for paper come from fifth or sixth generation pulp-wood forests*.”

If everyone in America recycled 1/10 newspapers, we could save 25,000,000 trees a year, 235,375,000 cubic meters of rain, 832,500,000,000,000/17 btu's of energy, 600,000 tons of co2 a year, 40,850,000,000/69 tons of soda ash, 81,700,000/3 metric tons of fossil fuels, 750,000 tons of air pollution per year, 40,850,000/3 metric tons of carbon monoxide, 6,944,500/3 metric tons of solid particles, 37,500 tons of particulates each year, 65,360,000,000 square meters of natural habitat potential, 384,973,822/9 metric tons of ethanol, 50,000 tons of ozone each year, 196,080,000 metric tons of life, 8,170,000/3 metric tons of nitrogen oxides, 306,375,000/11 metric tons of coal, 2,451,000,000,000/407 square meters of biomass, 26,000,000/81 tons of dust each year, a 37,500,000 cubic meter lake, 6,776,000,000/9 decibels of sound intensity, a 4,050,000/17 cubic meter container of biodiesel, $1,500,000,000.00 in water, gain almost 3,250,000 tons of oxygen per year

## Paper recycling

recycling one ton of paper could save a 105/4 cubic meter lake, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 84 gallons of oil, 4,100 kwh of energy, a 34/2,025 acre forest, 16,523/1,168,000 metric tons or 41/25 tons of coal, enough energy to power the average home for 6 months, a CFL for 1,271/5,840 years, 587 pounds of air pollution, enough oil to run the average car for 1,260 miles or circle the globe almost 94,080 times, 54,000,000 Btu's of energy, 37/20 tons of wood, a tree that is 16,000/303 inches in diameter, a 2,520,000 cubic meter lake from being polluted, 275 pounds of sulfur, 350 pounds of limestone, 9/2 tons of steam, 63/2 tons of green house gases, 185 gallons of gasoline, 820/7 metric tons of toxic lead, keep 41/40 pounds of mercury out of landfills a year, 336 acres of soil from being polluted, 550 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 98 tons of resources, 1,312/5 pounds of fly ash, a 3,525/1,066 cubic meter container of fossil fuels, 41/390 metric tons of hydrogen, 54,981/40,000 tons of biomass, 13,889/1,500 metric tons of carbon monoxide, 13,889/7,500 metric tons of nitrogen oxide, 6,109/8,000 tons of carbon, 360 pounds of salt cake, a 20,250/9,169 cubic meter container of propane, 76 pounds of soda ash, 41/39 metric tons of zinc, 123/100 tons of coke, (240 - 320)/909 decibels of sound, 442/2025 tons of dust each year, 1,050/13 metric tons of global warming, over 54,981/3,664,000 tons of smog, 19,188/4,925 tons of acid rain, 37/2 kilograms of benzene, 1,147/5,000 pounds of VOCs, 51 pounds of particulates each year, 1,275/8 cubic meters of rain, 68 pounds of ozone each year, 900/323 tons of ammonia, 54/19 tons of methanol, 37/20 tons of climate change, 289 pounds of clay, 20 pounds of dye and pigments, 108 pounds of starch, 410/7 pounds of haze, 369/25 pounds of NOx, $1,866.00 and gain 440 pounds of sludge, and almost 221/100 tons of oxygen per year

(Over 17 trees can provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 425/24 places and absorb almost 425/24 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, 5,312,500/2,061 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 289/96 cars for a year)

(37/20 tons of wood could save 33,300,000 BTUs of heat energy, over 12,321/34,000 tons of co2 a year, enough energy to power a 333/34 bedroom house for an entire year, over 209,457/3,400,000 cars for a year, $199.80 in energy)

recycling one metric ton of paper could save a 12,150,000/37,843 cubic meter lake, 3/2 metric tons of greenhouse gases, 7π/5 gallons of oil, 31 trees, enough energy to power 21π/104 cars for a year, one car to travel 21π miles, a 42,000π cubic meter lake and 28π/5 acres of soil from being polluted, 1,147/340 tons of wood, 1,860 pounds of air pollution per year, 395 kilograms of methane, 163/300 metric tons of co2, 1,304/3 square meters of natural habitat potential, 163/900 metric tons of fossil fuels, 815/9 kilograms of carbon monoxide, 4,075/3,036 tons of steam, 163/125 metric tons of life, 2,771/180,000 metric tons of solid particles, 163/9 kilograms of nitrogen oxide, 163/880 metric tons of coal, 163/573 metric tons of ethanol, almost $660.00, and gain almost 403/100 tons of oxygen per year

(1,147/340 tons of wood could save over 381.951/578,000 tons of co2 each year, enough energy to power one home for 1,147/2,040 years, 309,690/323 homes for one year, 10,323/578 bedroom house for an entire year, one home for almost 3,441/1,156 years, 381,951/578 power strips, almost $365.00)

(Over 31 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 775/24 places, And absorb almost 775/24 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, 9,687,500/2,061 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 527/96 cars for a year, one car to travel 48,437,500/687 miles.)

recycling one carton of paper could save 102 gallons of water, 350/229 gallons of oil, 21 pounds of co2, a 3/1,250,000 square kilometer or 2/3,375 acre forest, a 105,00,000/229 cubic meter lake and 1,400/229 acres of soil from being polluted, enough energy to power over 357/200,000 cars for a year, one car to travel 5,250/229 miles, 111/1,700 tons of wood, 36 pounds of air pollution per year, 189/170 gallons of biodiesel, 3,969/6,800,000 tons of glycerol, $15.30, gain almost 156 pounds of oxygen per year

(111/1,700 tons of wood could save enough energy to power 2,997/238,000 homes, one home for 37/3,400 years, 5,994/323 homes for one year, 999/2,890 bedroom house for an entire year, one home for almost 333/5,780 years, 36,963/2,890 power strips)

(over 3/5 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 5/8 places, And absorb almost 1,250 pounds of co2 over the course of their lives, 62,500/687 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 17/160 cars for a year, one car to travel 312,500/229 miles, over $13,645.00)

recycling one ream of paper could save 51/5 gallons of water, 35/229 gallons of oil, 21/10 pounds of co2, a 3/12,500,000 square kilometer or 1/16,875 Acre forest, a 1,050,000/229 cubic meter lake and 140/229 acres of soil from being polluted, enough energy to power over 357/2,000,000 Cars for a year, one car to travel 525/229 miles, 222/17 pounds of wood, 18/5 pounds of air pollution per year, $1.53, gain almost 78/5 pounds of oxygen per year

(222/17 pounds of wood could save enough energy to power 2,997/2,380,000 homes, one home for 37/34,000 years, 2,997/1,615 homes for one year, 999/28,900 bedroom house for an entire year, one home for almost 333/57,800 years, 36,963/28,900 power strips)

(Over 3/50 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 1/16 places, And absorb almost 125 Pounds of co2 over the course of their lives, 6,250/687 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 17/1,600 Cars for a year, one car to travel 31,250/229 miles, almost $1,365.00.)

recycling one sheet of paper could save 51/2,500 gallons of water, 7/22,900 gallons of oil, 21/5,000 pounds of co2, a 1/8,437,500 acre forest, a 2,100/229 cubic meter lake and 7/5,725 acres of soil from being polluted, enough energy to power over 357/1,000,000,000 cars for a year, one car to travel 21/4,580 miles, 111/4,250 pounds of wood, enough energy to power 2,997/807,500 homes for a year, 3,996/17 btu's of energy 9/1,250 pounds of air pollution per year, gain almost 39/1,250 pounds of oxygen per year

(Over 3/25,000 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 1/8,000 Places, And absorb almost 4 ounces of co2 over the course of their lives, 25/1,374 gallons of oil, a 125,000/229 cubic meter lake from being polluted, and enough energy to power over 17/800,000 cars for a year, one car to travel 125/458 miles.)

recycling one sheet of A4 paper, could save a 375/37,843 cubic meter lake, 31/200,000 trees, enough water to fill 14/3,595,085 olympic sized swimming pools, 1,147/34,000 pounds of wood, 10,323/34 BTUs of heat energy, 93/10,000 pounds of air pollution per year, over 31/100 pounds of co2, gain almost 403/10,000 pounds of oxygen per year

(Over 31/200,000 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 31/192,000 Places, And absorb almost 31/96 pounds of co2 over the course of their lives, 775/32,976 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 527/19,200,000 cars for a year, one car to travel 3,875/10,992 miles, a 494,375/687 cubic meter lake from being polluted.)

sometimes one sheet of paper saves 3 gallons of water, 1 gallon of ethanol, 45¢

## Newspaper recycling

recycling one ton of newspaper could save 4,000 kwh of energy, enough energy to power a 3 -bedroom house for an entire year, a TV for 31/168 weeks, and heat and air-condition the average home for almost 6 months, a CFL for 155/14 weeks, a city the size of Pittsburg for 3/1,437,500 years, 111 power strips, 71 gallons of oil, 10,200,000 BTU’s of energy, 23/5 cubic yards of landfill space, a 105/4 cubic meter lake, 37/17 tons of wood, a 1/12,500 square kilometer or 8/405 acre forest, 800/7 metric tons of toxic lead, 8/5 tons of coal, enough oil to run the average car for 1,065 miles or circle the globe almost 79,520 times, over 1,887/100,000 cars for a year, a 2,130,000 cubic meter lake from being polluted, over 222 pounds of co2 a year, 284 acres of soil from being polluted, 1,200 pounds of air pollution per year, 256 pounds of fly ash, 1,341/1,000 tons of biomass, $1,591.20, gain almost 13/5 tons of oxygen per year

(over 20 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 125/6 places, And absorb almost 125/6 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, 6,250,000/2,061 gallons of oil, and enough energy to power over 85/24 cars for a year)

(37/17 tons of wood could save 333/34 BTUs of heat energy)

recycling one metric ton of newspaper could save a 1/13,500 square kilometer or 40/2,187 acre forest, 925/459 tons of wood, 16,650,000,000/459 BTUs of heat energy, over 1,369/3,468 tons of co2 each year, 5/9 tons of air pollution per year, enough energy to power 185/476 homes, over 259/3,750 cars for a year, one home for 925/2,754 years, 185,00/323 homes for one year, 9,250/867 bedroom house for an entire year, one home for almost 4,625/2,601 years, 342,250/867 power strips, over $50.00, gain almost 65/27 tons of oxygen per year

(over 500/27 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 3,125/162 places, And absorb almost 3,125/162 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, and enough energy to power over 2,125/648 cars for a year)

Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times could save a 3/10 square kilometer or 2,000/27 acre forest, a 1,968,750/17 cubic meter lake, 225,000/17 cubic yards of landfill space, a 23,625/17 cubic meter container of oil, 307,500,000/17 kwh of energy, enough energy to power the average home for 37,500/17 years, a CFL for 2,383,125/2,482 years, A city the size of Pittsburg for 369/39,100 years, 44,025/34 tons of air pollution, enough oil to run the average car for 94,500,000/17 miles or circle the globe almost 7,056,000,000/17 times, 4,050,000,000,000/17 Btu's of energy, 138,750/17 tons of wood, a tree that is 1,200,000,000/5,151 inches in diameter, $3,600,000.00, and gain 16,500/17 tons of sludge, and almost 9,750 tons of oxygen per year

(138,750/17 tons of wood could save 2,497,500,000,000/17 BTUs of heat energy, over 924,075/578 tons of co2 a year, enough energy to power 374,625/238 homes, one home for 23,125/17 years, over 36,963/136 cars for a year)

(over 75,000 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 78,125 places, And absorb almost 78,125 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, and enough energy to power over 53,125/4 cars for a year)

Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers could save 1/3 trees, 713/10 kwh of energy, 35/6 foot tree, over 81,141/40,000,000 tons of co2 a year, 37/1,020 tons of wood, a 2,139/10,000 cubic meter lake, 1,426/25 pounds of coal, 713/40,000 pounds of mercury a year, 20 pounds of air pollution per year, enough energy to power a home for 17 hours, a CFL for 22,103/5,840,000 years, and a 2,193/40,000 bedroom house for an entire year, over 6,263/18,161,559 Cars for a year, 81,141/40,000 power strips, almost $10.00, gain almost 260/3 pounds of oxygen per year.

(37/1,020 tons of wood could save over 4,107/578,000 tons of co2 a year, a 4,107/1,058,896 cubic meter container of oil)

(over 1/3 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 25/72 places, and absorb almost 25/72 tons of co2 over the course of their lives)

recycling one newspaper could save 1/20 trees, over 100 pounds of co2, 3 pounds of air pollution per year, 185/17 pounds of wood, 1,665,000/17 btu's of energy, gain almost 13 pounds of oxygen per year

(over 1/20 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 5/96 places, and absorb almost 625/6 pounds of co2 over the course of their lives)

## Cardboard recycling

recycling one ton of cardboard could save 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 46 gallons of oil, 390 kWh of energy, 6,600,000 Btu's of energy, 39/400 pounds of mercury a year, a 117/100 cubic meter lake, enough oil to run the average car for 690 miles or circle the globe almost 51,520 times, a 1,380,000 cubic meter lake from being polluted, 78/7 metric tons of toxic lead, 69/4 tons of green house gases, 15,801/50,000 tons of co2, 243/20 tons of solid waste, 312 pounds of coal, 184 acres of soil from being polluted, 624/25 pounds of fly ash, 104,598/23 cubic feet of natural gas, enough energy to power a CFL for 1,209/58,400 years, 1,980/19 homes for a year, a washing machine for 403/2,336,000 years, one computer for 1,209/2,336,000 years, 1,950 light bulbs each year, $157.20

recycling one metric ton of cardboard could save 1 metric ton of green house gases, 14π/15 gallons of oil, 12,824π/1,341 kwh of energy, 2,857/27,561,537 metric tons of coal, 1,603π/670,500 pounds of mercury a year, a 1,603π/55,875 cubic meter lake, 1,832π/6,705 metric tons of toxic lead, 1,603π/2,500 gallons of gasoline, a 28,000π cubic meter lake and 56π/15 acres of soil from being polluted, enough energy to power a car to travel 14π miles, 7π/52 cars for a year, almost $440.00,

## Toilet paper recycling

recycling one ton of toilet paper could save a 1/12,500 square kilometer or 8/405 acre forest, a 525/17 cubic meter lake, 60/17 cubic yards of landfill space, a 63/170 cubic meter container of oil, 82,000/17 kwh of energy, enough energy to power the average home for 10/17 years, a CFL for 1,271/4,964 years, 587/1,700 tons of air pollution, 16,400/119 metric tons of toxic lead, 164/85 tons of coal, enough oil to run the average car for 25,200/17 miles or circle the globe almost 1,881,600/17 times, 10,800,000,000/17 Btu's of energy, 37/17 tons of wood, a tree that is 320,000/5,151 inches in diameter, enough water to fill 98/8,075 Olympic sized swimming pools, 6,720/17 acres of soil from being polluted, over $3,810.00, and gain 22/85 Tons of sludge, and almost 13/5 tons of oxygen per year

(37/17 tons of wood could save 333/34 BTUs of heat energy)

(Over 20 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 125/6 places, And absorb almost 125/6 tons of co2 over the course of their lives, and enough energy to power over 85/24 cars for a year.)

recycling one roll of toilet paper could save a 3/7,812,500 square kilometer forest, a 63/425 cubic meter lake, 36/2,125 cubic yards of landfill space, 1,008/2,125 gallons of oil, 1,968/85 kwh of energy, enough energy to power the average home for 6/2,125 years, a CFL for 3,813/3,102,500 years, 1,761/1,062,500 tons of air pollution, enough oil to run the average car for 3,024/425 miles, 5,184,000/17 Btu's of energy, 1,776/85 pounds of wood, a tree that is 512/1,717 inches in diameter, 243/10,625 tons of waste, 4,032/2,125 acres of soil from being polluted, over $70.00, and gain 1,056/425 pounds of sludge, and almost 624/25 pounds of oxygen per year

(1,776/85 pounds of wood could save 3,196,800/17 BTUs of heat energy, over 36,963/18,062,500 tons of co2 a year, enough energy to power a 1,998/36,125 bedroom house for an entire year, over 8,629/24,804,027 cars for a year)

(Over 12/125 trees could provide new wild life habitat and shade in almost 1/10 Places, And absorb almost 200 pounds of co2 over the course of their lives, and enough energy to power over 1/17,000 cars for a year.)

## Receipt recycling

*see also: Electronic receipt*

recycling one ton of receipts could save 1/15,000,000 trees each year, a 117/80 cubic meter container of oil, 1,139/1,000 tons of waste, 585/4 tons of green house gases, a 11,700,000 cubic meter lake from being polluted, enough oil to run the average car for 5,850 miles or circle the globe almost 436,800 times, 26,793/10,000 tons of co2, a 8,931/745 cubic meter lake, 1,135/1,350 cubic yards of landfill space, 111/850 btu's of energy, 1,560 acres of soil from being polluted, 1/15,625 ounces of air pollution per year, almost $59,231.25, gain almost 13/46,875 ounces of oxygen per year

(over 1/15,000,000 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 1/14,400,000 places, And absorb almost 1/450 ounces of co2 over the course of their lives, and enough energy to power over 17/1,440,000,000 cars for a year, one car to travel 5/32,975 miles)

recycling one receipt saves 1/50,000 trees, over 1/25 pounds of co2, 12/625 ounces of air pollution per year, 37/8,500 pounds of wood, 666/17 btu's of energy, 2/687 gallons of oil, 4/33,525 ounces of mercury a year, 40/1,341 kwh of energy, 20,000/229 cubic meter lake, and 8/687 acres of soil from being polluted, 32/1,341 gallons of water, 500/229 pounds of greenhouse gases, 1/500 gallons of gasoline, 32/1,341 pounds of coal, 8/9,387 metric tons of toxic lead, 25/8,046 tons of waste, 2/1,341 metric tons of limestone, gain almost 13/2,500 pounds of oxygen per year

(over 1/50,000 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 1/48,000 places, and absorb almost 2/3 ounces of co2 over the course of their lives)

## Coupon recycling

*see also: Mobile couponing*

recycling one coupon could save 1/262,500 trees, 37/44,625 pounds of wood, 888/119 btu's of energy, over 4/525 pounds of co2, 1/4,375 pounds of air pollution per year, 8/63 ounces of greenhouse gases, gain almost 13/13,125 pounds of oxygen per year

(over 1/262,500 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 1/252,000 places and absorb almost 8/63 ounces of co2 over the course of their lives)

## Card recycling

recycling one holiday card could save 17/5,000 trees, over 34/5 pounds of co2, 51/250 pounds of air pollution per year, 6,660 btu's of energy, 37/50 pounds of wood, 6,800/1,341 kwh of energy, a 34/2,235 cubic meter lake, enough energy to power a CFL for 527/1,957,860 years, gain almost 221/250 pounds of oxygen per year,

(over 17/5,000 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 17/4,800 places and absorb almost 85/12 pounds of co2 over the course of their lives)

## Ticket recycling

*see also:Electronic ticket*

recycling one ticket could save 51/2,500 gallons of water, 1/4,580 gallons of oil, 21/50,000 pounds of co2, a 3/6,250,000,000 square kilometer or 1/8,437,500 Acre forest, a 2,100/229 cubic meter lake and 7/5,725 acres of soil from being polluted, enough energy to power over 357/1,000,000,000 Cars for a year, one car to travel 21/4,580 miles, 111/4,250 pounds of wood, 9/1,250 pounds of air pollution per year, gain almost 39/1,250 pounds of oxygen per year

(111/4,250 pounds of wood could save enough energy to power 2,997/807,500 homes for one year)

(Over 3/25,000 trees could provide new wildlife habitat and shade in almost 1/8,000 places, And absorb almost 4 ounces of co2 over the course of their lives, almost $2.73.)

## Demand for Recycled Paper

Between 1990 and 1993, there was a glut of old newspapers on the East Coast. People in some communities diligently collected newspapers for recycling, only to have stacks of them grow and grow until they had to pay someone to haul them away—sometimes to a landfill.

In these situations, it may be better to burn the paper in a waste-to-energy plant than to recycle. The heat energy produced from burning the paper can be used to make steam and electricity.

During the last few years, the demand for recycled paper has caught up to the supply. More than 85 new paper mills with recycling capabilities have been built in the United States. Today, many paper companies are eager to get their hands on as much used paper as possible.

Most news print producers were using at least some recycled newsprint by 1995. Now they are worried that there may not be enough old newspapers to meet their demand.

America’s forest and paper companies have met their goal to recover 50 percent of all the paper used. They have set a new goal of 55 percent recovery by 2012.

## See Also

- Reducing Junk Mail
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint - Recycle Paper!
- Reusable Wrapping Paper
- Book swapping
- Pulp and paper industry
- Paper pollution