Paper is a major type of waste from households and businesses. Always recycle rather than throwing paper products away as they can be converted into other products. Think about whether a product can be shared or reused before recycling, as this would extend its use and minimize the demand for more paper products. The following are some paper recycling tips to consider.
Share and Reuse
There are many ways to share and reuse paper. Magazines can be shared with friends and family or donated to community organizations. Before throwing away paper, think about using the back side as a note pad. Newspapers can be used to line animal cages and other purposes.
Recyclable Paper Products
Many different types of paper products are recyclable. Here are some of the most common types:
- Office/Printer Paper
- Notebook Paper
- Cardboard Boxes
- Phone Books
- Envelopes (White and Manila)
- Paperback Books
- Grocery Bags
- Paper Plates (Not Contaminated by Food)
Paper Reuse and Paper Recycling Tips
With any type of household product, it is important to think about ways to reuse them first, and secondly to recycle them if they cannot be reused. Recycling one ton of paper saves approximately 380 gallons of oil, over 7,000 gallons of water, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space. Every household can make a huge difference by considering the paper reuse and recycling tips above.