Why is it Important to Recycle Paper?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 33 percent of the municipal solid waste stream (MSW) is made up of paper and paperboard products. Paper makes up the largest portion of the municipal waste stream and is also one of the most recovered materials. Recycling produces numerous direct and indirect benefits:

· Conserves resources

· Prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants

· Saves energy

· Supplies valuable raw materials to industry

· Creates jobs

· Stimulates the growth of greener technologies

· Reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators

According to a 2007 AF&PA Community Survey, 268 million people (87 percent of the U.S.) have access to some form of community paper/paperboard recycling, either through curbside collection or drop-off programs.

If measured by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling than all glass, plastic and aluminum combined. Not yet satisfied, the American Forest & Paper Association has set a goal of 60 percent recovery by the year 2012. It will take your help to get there.

The Pike County Solid Waste District accepts paper at our drop-off centers.

If you need your documents shredded First Capital Enterprises will pick up and securely shred your documents.

First Capital Enterprises
505 E. 7th Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
(740) 779-2592

If you have already shredded documents that do not need to be securely disposed of, the Creative Learning Workshop will pick up your shredded paper.

Creative Learning Workshop
374 Good Manor Road
Lucasville, Ohio 45648
(740) 289-1032

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