We’ve Come a Long Way in Paper Recycling

Recycling Around the World: How Does the U.S. Stack Up?
October 6, 2016
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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently released an update on paper and cardboard recycling and the facts are impressive.

Did you know?

  • 89% of corrugated containers are recycled.
  • 68% of newspapers are recycled.
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 7000 gallons of water.
  • The use of recycled materials saves 68% of the energy used when making paper from virgin materials.
  • Last year, the US recycled 315 pounds of paper, from commercial and residential sources, for each person in the country.
  • Energy saved using recycled materials versus virgin materials is up to 68%.
  • Recycled paper was a $7.5 billion industry in the US in 2013.

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