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:
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