Paper or Plastic?

Paper or Plastic?

Paper Recycling
Recycling One Ton of Paper:

  • Saves 4,100 kWh of energy
  • Saves 9 barrels (380 gallons) of oil
  • Saves 54 million BTU’s of energy
  • Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Saves 60 pounds of air pollutants being released
  • Saves 7,000 gallons of water
  • Saves 17 trees

Plastic Recycling
Recycling One Ton of Plastic:

  • Saves 5,774 kWh energy
  • Saves 16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil
  • Saves 98 million BTU’s of energy
  • Saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space

Paper – Did You Know?

  • 4.5 million tons of office paper is thrown away each year in the United States.
  • Enough office and writing paper is thrown away each year to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from LA to NYC.
  • Annually, each person in the United States uses paper equivalent to two pine trees. Recycled paper saves 33% of the total energy needed for virgin paper.
  • Each person in the United States uses 650 lbs. of paper per year.
  • Producing recycled white paper creates 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution, and 75% less processed energy than producing paper from virgin fibers.

Plastic – Did You Know?

  • The PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth (brother of distinguished American painter Andrew Wyeth).
  • Enough plastic bottles are thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year.
  • By using plastic in packaging, American product manufacturers save enough energy each year to power a city of 1 million homes for three and a half years.
  • Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.
  • Improvements in energy efficiency made through the use of plastics in the last decade save more than 53 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This saves American consumers a total of more than $4 billion each year.

Paper Recycling Tips:

  • Recyclable paper includes: Magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs.
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper.

Plastic Recycling Tips:

  • Prepare plastic containers for recycling by ensuring first that they are recyclable. These identification codes are often on the bottom of the plastic container encircled by three chasing arrows.
  • Crushing containers will help save space while storing them.