Knowing that recycling is ethical, economical, and beneficial, have you ever wondered what your recycled paper can make?
It’s common knowledge that recycling is good for the environment. One of the primary reasons we recycle is to conserve resources, and one of our largest resources are trees. Trees make the paper we use for so many products, from office paper to cardboard boxes to magazines. We live in a society that consumes paper faster than we can grow trees. Recycling paper creates meaningful environmental savings all around.
Recycling one ton of office paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Knowing that recycling is ethical, economical, and beneficial, have you ever wondered what your recycled paper can make? The type of paper will determine its recycled life. Here’s what happens to some of the more commonly used paper items:
Unwanted mail, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, and pasta boxes can be recycled into paper backing on roofing shingles or new paperboard.
Magazine publishers or consumers looking to get rid of old issues of periodicals can turn them into something once again. Recycled magazine paper can create paperboard, a telephone directory, and even newspaper.
Old newspapers come up in other commonly used items, like egg cartons, construction paper, paper plates, paperboard, and even drywall.
Perhaps the most used paper product out there, shredded office paper is hauled off to a processing plant where it is made into a pulp substitute. Also known as mixed office paper, this can be recycled into many products, including toilet paper and paper towels.
With the ever-increasing threat of identity theft, shredding documents with sensitive and confidential personal or business information is a sensible and prudent step for every organization to take. Turning it into another usable product is one of many additional benefits to document destruction.
At Legal Shred, we recycle all shredded documents not only for peace of mind, but for the good of the environment.
Paper is one of the most used materials in circulation. By relying on a professional and secure document destruction company like Legal Shred, your paper waste is rendered unusable, therefore more safe and secure for you and better for our planet.