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Paper Recycling

Paper makes up 27 percent of municipal solid waste (MSW), more than any other material Americans throw away. Because of this, recycling paper can greatly reduce the overall amount of MSW produced. EPA provides information on paper recycling for citizens, students, teachers, professional recyclers, and the paper industry.

Americans recycled about 63 percent of the paper they used in 2013, but more can be done. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions, conserves natural resources, and saves landfill space. According to the American Forest and Paper Association, nearly 80 percent of America’s paper mills are designed to use paper collected in recycling programs, and they depend on paper recycling to supply the raw materials they need to make new paper.

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