The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 75 percent of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is recyclable, but only about 30 percent is actually recycled.
The reason people don't recycle as much as they could is chalked up to poor recycling habits, lack of education and awareness, and limited collection opportunities. These are the greatest challenges in improving the amount of recovered recyclables. Recyclables like paper.
Today, Americans discard enough paper to make it by far the largest component of solid waste in landfills. Most of this paper can be recovered and reused for recycled paper products and other uses. According to the EPA, of the 250 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated in the United States within the past five to seven years, more than 40% was paper. “Newspapers alone can take up as much as 13 percent of the space in US landfills.”
Every year, Americans receive an estimated 104.7 billion pieces of junk mail, or 848 pieces of per household. Producing this much junk mail requires 6.5 million tons of paper. Approximately 44% of junk mail goes to landfills, unopened, instead of being recycled.
Make it a goal to recycle as much as possible, paper material included. For more information on recyclable items visit www.wasteawaygroup.com.