Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It’s The Right Thing To Do.
Paper Recycling Best Practices
Waste Management assists in process of recovering waste paper, diverting it from landfill and forwarding it to be remade into new paper products. According to Paper Chase, 90% of paper pulp today is made of fiber from trees and globally paper production accounts for about 35% of felled trees. Recycling of 1 ton of newsprint saves about 15 mature trees, while recycling 1 ton of printing or copier paper saves slightly more than 2 tons of wood. Recycling of paper continues to grow in the US – the AFPA reported (7/10) that in 2009, 63.4 percent of U.S. paper consumed was recovered.
There are three categories of recycled paper: mill broke, pre-consumer waste, and post-consumer waste. Mill broke is paper trimmings and other paper scrap from the manufacture of paper, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. Pre-consumer waste is material that was discarded before it was ready for consumer use. Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use, such as old magazines, old newspapers, office waste, old telephone directories, and residential mixed paper. Paper suitable for recycling is called "scrap paper".
Waste Management further distinguishes scrap paper, separating sensitive documents, which get their own recycle bin and are destroyed separately.