Quick Facts


Paper recycling is not a new idea... in the 19th century, people used old cloths and rags to make new paper.

In 2008, the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 340 pounds for every person in the U.S. Also weighing in at 340 pounds - a full grown gorilla!

Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space - thats about the size of a small refrigerator!

By 2012, the paper industry's goal is to recover 60 percent of all the paper Americans consume for recycling, which is approximately 60 million tons of paper.  With that, you could fill a train long enough to cross America from the Atlantic to the Pacific over three (3) times.

Many different grades of paper can be recycled into new products:  Notebook paper, for example, can become printing or writing paper, newspaper, or packaging. Newspaper is usually made into new news-print, egg cartons, or paperboard. Cardboard is recycled into new cardboard or paperboard packaging.