Recycling appeals to my organizational impulse because items of the same variety are being gathered together in order to be made into something new. Multiple things are merging into one thing thus lessening clutter, in my mind’s eye.

  • More than 56% of the paper consumed in the U.S. during 2007 was recovered for recycling.
  • In total, 54.3 million tons of paper and paper board products were recovered in 2013 in the U.S. – approximately 360 pounds for every man, woman and child in the country, up from 233 pounds per person in 1990.
  • The amount of paper being recovered far exceeds the amount sent to landfill sites. Every ton of paper that is recovered saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Enough paper was recovered for recycling in 2013 to fill 130 Empire State Buildings.
  • Since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling in the United States, paper recovery has grown by more than 87 percent.