March - Conserve Paper and Remember its “Roots”
Approximately 33 percent of the municipal solid waste stream is made up of paper and paperboard products according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is the largest and most recoverable portion of the municipal waste stream. Earth 911 says, if measured by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling than all glass, plastic and aluminum combined.
What can you do?
- Watch a video to see how paper is recycled http://earth911.com/recycling/paper/video-how-paper-gets-recycled/Workplace recycling guides http://www.paperrecycles.org/guide/workplace.html, http://www.paperrecycles.org/guide/work/index.html
- NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance School Recycling Programs
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Recycling Program
- More facts and figures on paper
Replace your paper towels
Every day 3,000 tons of paper towels get thrown into a landfill. Paper towels are made from paper pulp which is extracted from wood or fiber crops. Most are bleached for a “cleaner” white color. To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed. Every individual can have a big impact: 1 year = Save a ¼ tree, Reduce landfill waste by 23 lbs., Cut CO2 by 34 lbs., Conserve 250 gals. of water.
Recycled paper towels are a step in the right direction, but not enough. Going cold turkey on paper towels is the best choice for a sustainable future and the perk is it will save you money in the long run. Switch to reusable towels, dish cloths and napkins. This switch protects natural resources, reduces energy consumption, and reduces air and water pollution.
Reduce Mail waste
- Pay your Bills Online
- Request to paperless and get statements and bills online rather than through the mail.
- Stop the Junk Mail http://www.ecofuture.org/jnkmail.html, http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt063.shtm
Celebrate Arbor Day
Plant a tree or make a donation to have one planted. Visit http://www.arborday.org/arborday/