• Benefits of Recycling

Benefits of recycling

Did you know that recycling

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Helps create new jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries

Formula to calculate environmental saving for recycled paper & cardboard – 1kg

tree x 0.013 = 1 tree
x 0.0025 = 1 Barrel of oil
x 4.1 = Kilowatts of electricity
(1366 kw is the average use per month for a home)
x 31.78 = Litres of water saved
(1 average back yard swimming pool = 21187)
x 0.004 = 1 Cubic metres of landfill
x 3 = 1 kilograms of carbon dioxide


  1. The reduction in paper use is based on the following conservative estimates: page savings will only be realized for
    approximately 50% of documents (a 1.5 page paper would gain no reduction in paper use for margin reductions), 50% of
    paper is used for printing or photocopying printed documents, and 19% more area available with 0.75” margins. Thus the total
    reduction in paper use is 0.50×0.50×0.19 = 4.75%. Mueller Policy Paper #1: Reduce Standard Margin Settings.
  2. www.conservatree.com: Claudia Thompson, in her book Recycled Papers: The Essential Guide (Cambridge, MA: MIT
    Press, 1992), reports on an estimate calculated by Tom Soder, then a graduate student in the Pulp and Paper Technology
    Program at the University of Maine. He calculated that, based on a mixture of softwoods and hardwoods 40 feet tall and 6-8
    inches in diameter, it would take a rough average of 24 trees to produce a ton of printing and writing paper, using the kraft
    chemical (freesheet) pulping process. [URL: http://www.conservatree.com/learn/EnviroIssues/TreeStats.shtml]
  3. The State of the Paper Industry: Monitoring the Indicators of Environmental Performance. A collaborative report by the
    Steering Committee of the Environmental Paper Network Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental
    Defense Paper Calculator. For more information visit http://www.papercalculator.org.
  4. Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defence Paper Calculator. For more information
    visit http://www.papercalculator.org.
  5. Resource Information Systems, Inc., RISI Long-Term Pulp and Paper Reviews. RISI: Bedford, MA, July 1995, p. 52.
  6. Abromovitz and Mattoon, Worldwatch Paper: Paper Cuts, p. 20, 1999
  7. OECD Environmental Outlook, p. 218
  8. “Paper Efficiency…What it is and how to achieve it,” Bruce Nordman, www.rethinkpaper.org
  9. “Clean Technologies in U.S. Industries: Focus on the Pulp and Paper Industry.” United States-Asia Environmental
    Partnership (Washington, D.C.: September 1997)
  10. a: Assumes that a typical new wood frame home uses 15,000 board-feet. b: Assumes the flow through the Bridal Veil,
    American and Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls is 750,000 gallons/second. c: Assumes the average household uses 104 million
    BTUs of energy each year. d: Assumes an average driving distance of 200 miles per week.
    Source: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/documents/2860_Citigroup_CopyPaper.pdf.
  11. www.environmentalpaper.org/stateofthepaperindustry.
  12. Greenprint: http://www.printgreener.com/earthday.htm
    *Calculations are based on averages and estimates ascertained from ntrs