Did you know yesterday was America Recycles Day? Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States.
In recent years a tremendous amount of effort has been placed on recycling by both consumers and printers alike. You might be surprised to learn more paper is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than glass, plastic, and aluminum combined. In fact, according to the American Forest & Paper Association, 63.5% of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2010. Based on those figures, this represents an 89 percent increase in the recovery rate since 1990.
We’ve really stepped up our recycling efforts at IWCO Direct. When you handle as much paper as we do, it just makes sense to recycle our scrap paper. But we also recycle tons of cardboard, scrap metal, mixed plastic, wood pallets and electronics too.
To celebrate America Recycles Day we joked about recycling a previous blog on our environmental efforts. But actually, those prior figures don’t tell the whole story. Once we were able to calculate the paper recycling efforts at all our facilities in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and California, we saved:
- 336,260, trees;
- 1,186,800,000 gallons of water;
- 4,450,500 Kilowatt Hours of electricity;
- 65,274 cubic yards of landfill space.
We can all do our part to make recycling an even bigger priority in America. Try to recycle as much as you can at home, and if you’re in the direct marketing business, be sure to ask your production partners about their recycling efforts and always encourage them to do more.
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