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Paper’s Weight In The World 25

Simply put — paper is big! Take this quick quiz to find out where it’s found, what it’s made from, and how it impacts our lives.

Updated On 08/31/2017 | Originally Published On 07/15/2015

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Paper can be made from virgin materials (plants, most often trees) as well as from recovered paper that has been sent through the recycling stream.
Paper makes up the largest portion of the United States’ municipal solid waste (MSW) stream.
While it’s good for the environment, recycling paper (or any other material) doesn’t have much of an economic impact.
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Paper is a major player in our lives — in fact, around 80 million tons of paper and paperboard were produced in the US in 2015. Get the scoop on how paper fits into the municipal waste stream (MSW) and just how much recycling it matters!

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  • Carolann Z. 18 days ago
    Awesome site, Learned a LOT of recycling info. Check it out.
  • Pamela M. 29 days ago
    Lots of good ideas.
  • bobbie s. 1 month ago
    We recycle all the time and continue too
  • Leighton S. 1 month ago
    I'm confused about recycling paper that has been printed on. Can I recycle paper with black or colored ink from my printer, or compost it?
    • Duane W. 1 day ago
      No problems on recycling the paper! But I would be hesitant on composting it, due to the potential of chemicals, however, they would be diluted and broken down in compost and soil. You'll have to make your own decision to incorporate this kind of paper into your compost.
  • Kathleen R. 1 month ago
    How can we not recycle??? Our 'garbage' gets picked up every other week!
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