Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Did You Know?

Paper accounts for roughly 38% of landfill content

Americans use more than 67 million tons of paper per year (about 580 pounds per person).

Every year more than 900 million trees are cut down to create paper and paper products.

Every Sunday, Americans throw away 90 percent of newspapers, which are recyclable. This wastes 500,000 trees!

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!

Look for products made out of recycled material!

· Many cereal boxes are made with recycled paper

· Flooring can be made from crushed glass and broken light bulbs

· Ceiling tiles can be made from recycled newspaper

· Roofing can use recycled aluminum.

Save resources by reducing waste.

About 4 billion pounds of paper are used each year to create direct-mail catalogs.

Remove yourself from many marketing lists by registering online or send a postcard with your name, home address, and signature to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512. You can also contact a company directly and ask to be taken off its list.

Trees produce the oxygen we breathe. Recycling paper saves trees and helps marine mammals, people and other air-breathing species.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle! It really makes a difference.

These tidbits were brought to you by your conservation-minded friends at Dolphin Research Center!