Save Our Environment By RECYCLING!

Iesha Debose

Recycling Paper

  • Today North Carolinians throw away more than $164,375,460 in mixed paper each year.
  • Each year, N.C. throws away enough potentially recyclable paper to fill more than 1000 soccer fields three feet deep.
  • Last year N.C. trashed enough paper to fill 1558 football fields three feet deep.
  • Almost 80 percent of U.S. paper mills rely on recovered recycled paper. It supplies 37 percent of their material.
  • Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp.
  • On ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees.
  • Producing recycled paper causes 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution than producing virgin paper.
  • One ton of paper made from recycled scrap paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Recycled paper production uses 59 percent less water compared to paper production from virgin resources.
  • Older virgin paper mills will use 100 pounds of water to make one pound of paper.