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Newspaper and the Environment

Newspaper and recycling

Newspaper is one of the easiest materials to recycle. Every time you recycle a pile of newspapers a yard high, you save one tree.

Newspaper recycle drives

Schools and non-profits can earn extra money by holding a newspaper recycling drive. Most recycling companies will give the fundraiser (school or non profit organization) a 50% profit. Usually, all administrative costs are covered by the company unless extra incentives are offered to the fundraiser such as bonuses for turning the order in on time.

Newspaper and soil

Studies have shown that incorporating shredded newspaper into soil improves soil organic matter, conserves moisture in the soil and provides control of certain weeds in some row crops.

What products are made from recycled newspaper?

Several types of products are made from recycled newspaper. Products made from recycled newspaper include newsprint and wrapping paper, molded packaging, and sheet rock surfacing.

How much energy is saved by recycling newspaper?

Recycling one ton of newspaper saves three tons of wood pulp. This is the equivalent of 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity or 23% of the energy required to process a ton of newsprint from new pulp.

More than just recycling

Newspaper can be used several times before recycling. Some alternative ways to use newspaper include:

  • Garden Use. Newspaper can be used in your garden to discourage weed growth and helps keep moisture around plants.
  • Protect plants. Protect your plants by using newspaper to cover them in extreme cold weather.
  • Glass cleaner. Wash your windows with your homemade or store bought eco-window cleaner. Use a piece of crumpled newspaper to help remove the streaks.
  • Moving. Use newspaper to wrap glass and other valuables when moving from one home to another.
  • Animals. If you have pets, hamsters, cats, etc., you can use newspaper to line around the litter box or bottom of the cage making it easier to clean.
  • Absorbs odor. Newspaper can absorbs odor in shoes, food canisters, suitcases, trunks, drawers, etc.

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