Paper and Cardboard
Recycle All Paper All the Time
35% of paper is thrown away and sitting in landfills. This makes it the material we trash the most. For every 100 pounds of garbage, about 35 pounds is paper.
Benefits of Paper Recycling
ALL paper can be recycled: newspapers, catalogs, magazines, office paper, junk mail, envelopes, phone books, cardboard, paper egg cartons, cereal and tissue boxes, etc. Most paper can be recycled up to 8 times. Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing from new material. If everyone used a canvas bag for groceries, over 60,000 trees would be saved yearly.
What You Can Do
It's good to recycle paper, but it's even better to stop unwanted paper before it reaches you. Americans receive "junk" mail equal to 100 million trees each year.
Stop Unwanted Paper
Stop Junk Mail ($1 fee):
DMA Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 282, Carmel, NY 10512
Stop Credit Card Offers (free):
Equifax, TransUnion, Novus Credit, Experian
Stop Sweepstake Promotions (free):
Publishers Clearinghouse 1-800-645-9242
Stop Shopping Flyers (free):
Valpak Coupons 1-800-237-6266 www.coxtarget.com/mailsuppression/s/DisplayMailSuppressionForm
Harte-Hanks Mailers 1-800-422-4116
Stop Junk Faxes (free):
Contact the sender. If unsuccessful, file a complaint with the Consumer Information Bureau (FCC) 1-888-225-5322 www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/unwantedfaxes.html
Stop Catalogs (free):