Trees are a valuable natural asset. A 50-year tree is worth $710,260. However, deforestation is rapidly reducing the earth’s green cover. The paper industry accounts for almost 35% of the world’s deforestation. Recycling of paper is an effective way to reduce this industry’s share in deforestation. It balances the requirement of paper, protection of trees, and conservation of environment.
Reduces paper’s share in landfills
On an average, an American uses 750 pounds of paper in a year. This adds up to 190 billion pounds of paper that the country uses each year. A little under half of this is discarded in dustbins and waste bins after first use. This is either burnt or used in landfills. And landfills emit harmful impurities in the air.