Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 2 barrels of oil.
Every ton of paper recycled can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
17 trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials generates 74% less air pollution and uses 50% less water.
Manufacturing recycled paper uses only 60% of the energy needed to make paper from new materials.
The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use recycled paper is 50% to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.