Paper products are the single biggest component of the municipal solid waste stream. Effective paper recycling efforts can help conserve landfill space and natural resources and preserve biological diversity by reducing the call to harvest timber from wild areas. Ancient forests help regulate global temperatures, clean the atmosphere, recycle water, and provide habitat for millions of species. By creating value out of waste paper, we are working towards creating a truly ecological and a sustainable human civilization. New technology and improved markets have made paper recycling much easier over the years. New technologies have made paper segregation easier as well as enhanced the quality of recycled paper.

What is saved by using recycled materials to make paper versus raw materials is first and most obviously forests but also energy and landfill space as well as air and water pollution. Recycling 1 ton of newsprint saves about 1 ton of wood whereas recycling 1 ton of writing & printing paper saves about 2 tons of wood. It is estimated that recycling about half of the world’s paper could save about 20 million acres of forest.

Recycling 1 ton of paper

  • saves 17 trees
  • saves about 4,000 kWh of electricity.
  • saves more than three cubic metres of landfill space.
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 1 MT of carbon equivalent (MTCE).
  • saves 31780 ltrs of water
  • causes approximately 35% less water pollution and 74% less air pollution.