Solid Waste Project Manager
Room 470, City County Building
Main Office: 311
What Goes into Paper?
37% Managed regenerated forests that have been logged and then encouraged
to grow again by natural means, such as seeding
29% Industrial pulp plantations that produce fast-growing trees
such as some pines and eucalyptus 1% Tropical rain forest
1% Original temperate forests (United States, parts of Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, Europe and China)
15% Original boreal forests (Alaska, Canada, Russia and Scandinavia)
17% Unmanaged, naturally regenrated forests
Old newspapers are used again to make newsprint, as well as other
products. In 1992, of the 12.8 million tons of newsprint used in
the United States, approximately 1.4 million tons went back to the
manufacture of newspaper.
If all morning newspapers read around the country were recycled,
6 million tons of waste would never end up in landfills.
Loose, unbaled newspapers weigh 360-500 pound per cubic yard
Baled newspapers weigh 720-1000 pound per cubic yard
Landfill newspapers weigh 800 pounds per cubic yard
Approximately 1.5 million tons of construction products are made each year of paper. These include insulation, gypsum wallboard, roofing paper, flooring, padding and sound-absorbing materials. All use recycled scrap paper, yet most consumers are unaware of these building materials made with a high recycled paper content.
Paper egg cartons, fruit trays, flower pots, as well as some industrial and construction products, are made from scrap paper that is repulped and molded into this special-use packaging.
Americans receive almost 4 million tons of junk mail per year.
About 44% of this junk mail is never opened.
Every person in the United States received junk mail that represents the equivalent of one and a half trees a year
If only 100,000 people stopped their junk mail, we could save up
to 150,000 trees annually. If a million people did this, we could
save up to 1.5 million trees.
Here is a way to help....
Bulk mail for "current resident or...":
Start with sending a postcard or letter to
Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512
Write "please activate the mail preference service", and include the
name, address and zip code. You must send individual postcards --
for some strange reason the DMA does not officially accept listings
for former residents, and will ignore requests that don't appear to
be from a single individual.
In 1996 in the United States:
202 million scrap tires were recovered for a 75.6 percent recycling rate.
152 million scrap tires were used to make tire-derived fuel, up from 130 million in 1995.
The total weight of crumb rubber extracted from tire buffings and whole tires was 200,000 tons.
15 million scrap tires were exported from the U.S.
Tips to Reduce Holiday Waste
Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift.
This is among the tips offered by EPA to reduce waste while celebrating
the holiday season.
Here for More Info
Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills
every year. Reduce the number of bags thrown out by bringing
reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell store clerks
you don't need a bag for small or oversized purchases.
Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or funny papers.
Also remember to save or recycle used wrapping paper. Give gifts
that don't require much packaging, such as concert tickets or
Send recycled-content greeting cards to reduce the amount
of virgin paper used during the holidays. Remember to recycle
any paper cards you receive. You also can try sending electronic
greeting cards to reduce paper waste.
About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday
season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic
gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable
batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials
thrown away, and can save money in the long run.
Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so
will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last
Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in
North America every year. After the holidays, look for ways
to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. Check
with your community solid waste department and find out if they
collect and mulch trees. Your town might be able to use chippings
from mulched trees for hiking trails and beachfront erosion
To help prevent waste from cutting down and disposing of live
trees, you can buy a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.
Have a create-your-own-decorations party! Invite family and
friends to create and use holiday decorations such as ornaments
made from old greeting cards or cookie dough, garlands made
from strung popcorn or cranberries, wreaths made from artificial
greens and flowers, and potpourri made from kitchen spices such
as cinnamon and cloves.
Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as
a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly,
creating waste and costing you money.
When buying gifts, check product labels to determine an item's
recyclability and whether it is made from recycled materials.
Buying recycled encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content
Use your own camera instead of a disposable one to reduce
waste while capturing holiday memories. Consider buying a digital
camera so that you print just the pictures you want to keep.