Paper Facts

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  • The paper industry is encouraging 8.800 communities that already pick up recyclables -- such as newspapers, cans and bottles at curbside -- to also pick up paper grocery bags. Then, if each family in those communities would set out just one paper grocery bag a week for recycling, Americans could recycle more than a BILLION BAGS a year!
  • Most of an average household's waste -- including food scraps, yard wasts, paper, corrugated boxes, cans, and bottles -- can be recycled.
  • America's paper companies plan to invest $10 billion in new equipment by the year 2000 to recycle more paper.
  • Kids are helping to get recycling programs started. They visit Town Hall, make speeches, write letters to the editor and get things done!
  • Today, nearly 45% of all paper products used in the U.S. are recycled. America's paper companies are committeed to recovering half of all paper used in the year 2000 -- that's our goal.
  • Each and every day, Americans recover for reuse and recycling almost 232 million pounds of paper.
  • 42.3 million tons of paper were recovered in the United States in 1996 -- an average of 320 pounds per person.
  • Americans recycle much more paper than we send to landfills.
  • Enough paper is collected for recycling each year to make a box-car train 7.600 miles long.
  • Nearly 100,000 tons of shredded paper is used each year for animal bedding.
  • In 1996, 37% of the fiber used to make new paper products came from recycled paper.
  • The sturdy brown or white boxes we use to pack things in are called corrugated boxes. They have a layer of paper -- which has been currugated and looks ruffly -- glued between two more flat pieces of paper. 7 out of every 10 corrugated boxes are collected for recycling.