It requires many good trees to make paper. Trees which produce the oxygen we need to breathe. This makes paper recycling very important. Waste paper recycling allows us to process used paper back into useable sheets. This means we can prevent cutting down more trees.
Beyond saving the trees, waste paper recycling benefits the environment in many ways. Here are three environmental benefits of waste paper recycling:
1) Saves natural resource
A lot of resources such as water and electricity are needed to manufacture paper, either new or recycled. The difference, however, is that the recycling processes is substantially less resource intensive. Recycling paper uses 53% less water and 31% less energy. This benefits the Earth as we use less of our limited natural resource when we recycle paper.
2) Reduces landfill waste
Any waste that we discard into the rubbish bin will ultimately end up in the landfill. This includes waste papers. By recycling 1 ton of paper, we can save about 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. This is beneficial as the free space can then be used to house other forms of waste that can’t be recycled. This presents another benefit in reducing the need to construct more landfills which will take up more land space.
3) Reduces greenhouse emission
While the recycling process is less energy intensive, it is also environmentally friendly. Recycling even 1 ton of paper reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE). This helps make sure there are less environmentally damaging gasses in the air.
In the end, recycling paper is more than just processing paper for reuse. It is also an environmentally friendly practice that benefits us all.