Where Does It Go?
- International Paper (Salt Lake City, UT): The paper is recycled into tissue paper, paper towels or toilet paper at one of the company's internal mills in the US, or sold to athird partymill in the US or abroad (e.g. Mexico, Asia).
- Rocky Mountain (Salt Lake City, UT): The paper is shipped from Rocky Mountain by rail or truck to a US mill. Price determines which mill the paper goes to, but most mills are in the Pacific Northwest. The paper is then pulped and turned into toilet paper, paper towels, or some other form of paper.
- Sutta (Wilmington, CA): Because there are no paper mills in Utah, the paper is shipped to mills on the West Coast or mills as far east as Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Everywhere you look you see one thing: Paper Products.
From posters and notebooks to cardboard boxes and magazines, paper is part of our everyday lives. Paper takes up over 40% of our waste stream, making it the top material that we throw away. That means for every 100 pounds of trash we throw away, about 35 pounds of it is paper! If we could just Recycle one morning newspaper every day, we could save 41,000 trees from being cut down and greatly reduce our carbon footprint.
What is paper recycling?
Paper recycling is the process of manufacturing old paper products and turning them into new, reusable paper products. Recycling old paper products uses 60% less energy than manufacturing it from new materials.
When you recycle cardboard and other paper products you can create millions of new products such as:
- Egg cartons
- Paper towels, tissue, and toilet paper
- Envelopes and copy paper
- Paper bags
- Business cards
There are so many other products that you can make with recycled paper. And the best thing about paper recycling is that it uses less chemicals and bleaches, which is safer for the environment.
What are the benefits of paper recycling?
- Recycling newspaper saves 14% of landfill space.
- For every ton of newspaper recycled you can save enough energy to power a television for 31 hours.
- Reduces sulfur dioxide emissions.
- Uses less fossil fuels.
- Most paper can be recycled up to 8 times to create new products.
- Leaves more trees for the sustainability of our environment.
- Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity, enough energy to power the average American home for five months.
- Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.