As you know, paper products are made from trees. About 90% of paper is made from wood, which means that 35% of trees that are chopped down turn into your cereal box, toilet paper and other items like your notepad. Finding ways to recycle paper can greatly reduce the damage to the planet from production and disposal of paper.
Take the quiz below to see how much you know about paper waste and its effects. Then, use the paper calculator to judge what types of paper are better for the environment.
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Why is recycled paper better for the environment?
Recycled paper preserves trees, reduces manufacturing pollution and reduces waste in landfills and in the ocean.
Switching to recycled paper goods reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
True. When paper is manufactured in factories that use fossil fuels, it pollutes the atmosphere. Plus, 80 percent of discarded paper ends up in landfills and when the paper decomposes it produces methane, a greenhouse gas.
Paper companies replant trees to reduce the damage they’ve made by cutting them down to produce paper.
Many companies replant trees in plantations to replace the quantity they cut down. But many trees they eliminate are forests which are home to wildlife, and it takes many years for new tress to grow to the size of the ones that were cut.
Using old paper to make new paper uses less energy. How much less energy does it take?
Thirty to 50 percent less energy. Recycling paper is very important because making new paper from old paper uses significantly less energy.
Paper fills 40 percent of landfills.
Forty percent of waste in landfills is made of paper.
When you recycle paper, it can become any paper product.
Different grades of paper are recycled into specific paper products.
Corrugated cardboard can become toilet paper and paper towels.
When recycled, corrugated cardboard can be used as new cardboard boxes or for cereal boxes.
Office paper, which is often wasted, can become all of these paper products EXCEPT______.
Cardboard Boxes. Office paper is recycled into paper towels, tissue paper and toilet paper.
Which of the items below is not recyclable unless it says so on it?
Pizza Boxes. Many items can be recycled like paper, magazines, greeting cards, newspaper, manuals, envelopes, post-it notes, etc. However, unless a pizza box says it is recyclable or is made of corrugated cardboard, it’s not accepted at recycling centers.
How many trees are saved when we recycle one ton of paper?
Seventeen trees. According to The Public Recycling Officials of Pennsylvania, 17 trees, 275 pounds of sulfur, 350 pounds of limestone, 9,000 pounds of steam, 60,000 gallons of water, 225 kilowatt hours and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space are saved for every ton of paper recycled.
You guys are right. I think that people should have to be recycled or something and that It should be more easy to recycle.
I agree with Julie
I think that people should recylcle
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