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THROWN AWAY/RECYCLING PAPER


source: www.ecoemballages.fr/
home.asp
(in French)

www.paperrecovery.org/facts/erpc_
facts_figures.asp?folderid=527


news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/
in_depth/world/2002/disposable_
planet/waste/weeks_waste/
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recycling paper

On average, paper can be recycled 8 to 12 times*. It is used to make more paper or cardboard saving trees, water, and energy and decreasing pollution with each cycle…
  • the recycled paper, made from wastepaper instead of wood pulp, has been widely used in industrial countries, with the recycling rate of wastepaper in such countries over 60% in 2000;


  • the United States and Japan all have paper recovery rates close to or in excess of 50%. The FAO predicts further growth in waste paper and paperboard recovery;


  • to make a comparison with China, the rate in Beijing was just few years ago less than 10%, or only some 100,000 tons every year per 1.1 million tons of wastepaper. In 2000, the country began to carry out related policies to encourage the use of recycled paper: in an effort to promote a more sustainable consumption of paper products Beijing's government offices, for example, have opted for recycled paper instead of regular paper;


  • in 2003, Western Europe recycled 53.9% of the consumed paper, the rest going to landfill or incineration. In landfill the paper decomposes to release methane, and burning it produces CO2 emissions.
Manufacturing a tonne of recycled office paper and recycling it at the end of its lifespan reduces**:

savings by %
solid waste 49
energy consumption 43
net greenhouse gas emissions 70
hazardous air pollutant emissions 90
particulate emissions
absorbable organic
40
halogen emissions to water 100
suspended solids 30



* Eco-emballages.

** Environmental Defense Fund.

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