Why recycling makes sense

Following are some key facts excerpted from Environmental Defense and the Alliance for Environmental Innovation.

Making new paper from old paper is easier on the Earth:

  • It saves trees because it reduces demand for wood. By extending the overall fiber supply, paper recycling can help maintain our natural forests that support wildlife habitats and preserve biodiversity.
  • It conserves resources and generates less pollution during manufacturing, because the fibers have already been processed once. Making paper from used paper is generally a cleaner and more efficient process, since much of the work of extracting and bleaching the fibers has already been done. That means less total energy, water, and chemical use, and lower releases of air and water pollutants.
  • In the landfill, where 80% of discarded paper ends up, the decomposition of paper produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the heat-trapping power of CO2 that contributes to global climate change. The U.S. EPA cites municipal landfills as the single largest source of methane emissions to the atmosphere, and has identified the decomposition of paper as among the most significant sources of landfill methane. Paper recycling recovers used paper from the waste stream, directly reducing the amount of paper landfilled and, therefore, reducing emissions of methane and other pollutants from landfills.
  • It reduces solid waste, because it diverts usable paper from the waste stream. Each time paper is diverted from the waste stream and used to make recycled paper, there is a direct reduction in solid waste. Think of it this way - if you use a piece of paper once, then erase and use it again before throwing it away, you create less waste than if you used two pieces of paper and threw them both away. Similarly, even if a sheet of recycled paper is eventually landfilled, the recycling process still reduces the total amount of paper landfilled.

For more information, visit www.environmentaldefense.org

Being green

Mississippi River Pulp annually recycles hundreds of thousands of tons of paper via the greenest process. We do not employ the use of harmful chlorine in our bleaching process and we do not use an energy intensive dryer to dry our pulp. Our goal, through the very nature of our business, as well as through our commitment to continuous improvement in our business practices, is to help make the world a better place for future generations.