Among all the things that we should recycle, paper should be on top of the list. This is due to produce one ton of virgin paper, ninety-eight tonnes of other raw materials are required. Practically, we can only recycle paper to a maximum of six times and each time new fiber is added. Although this recycling may look like a drop in the sea compared to the millions of tons of new paper that are being produced every year, but it will go a long way in saving our resources ever.
The government has gone a long way in assisting in showing us how to go about the process and even offering financial support so that we can recycle paper. Statistics show that recycling only half of the world's paper would save 80,000km squared or about 20 millions acres of forests. One other influencing factor has been the dispute between the federal laws and the Environmental Protection Agency where the former suggests that recycled paper should contain 10-100% recyclable material and the latter says that paper should be 50% pure and 50% recycled.
Statistics also have it that measures put in place to recycle paper see to it that air pollution is reduced by 35% and water pollution by a clean 74%. Again, 50% of energy is saved and this is just enough energy to heat up a home for a whole year. Good resource management, do not you think?
The demand for paper is also increasing at direct proportion to the growing population. By the beginning of 19th century, the paper industry could not keep up with the demand. The first paper mill came up in the united states in 1690 and as the years progressed people had come up with the idea to recycle paper.