Recycling for a better future

According to The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries:

A ton of paper made from recycled fibers instead of virgin fibers conserves:

  • 17 trees
  • 6953 gallons of water
  • 463 gallons of oil
  • 587 pounds of air pollution
  • 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4077 Kilowatt hours of electricity
  • more…

In 2015, HV Shred clients helped save:

  • over 20,000 trees
  • over 9 million gallons of water
  • over 600,000 gallons of oil
  • over 3750 cubic yards of landfill space
  • over 5 million Kilowatt hours of electricity


Excerpted from a Q&A report by Environmental Defense and the Alliance for Environmental Innovation:

Q: Is recycled paper better for the environment than virgin paper?
A: Yes! It’s common sense that making new paper from old paper is easier on the Earth.

Here’s why:

  • It helps preserve forests, because it reduces demand for wood;
  • It conserves resources and generates less pollution during manufacturing, because the fibers have already been processed once; and
  • It reduces solid waste, because it diverts usable paper from the waste stream.
  • more…

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