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Mixed Paper Recycling is now available to citizens all over the Mobile area!

July 28, 2008

Through a partnership between Newark Group Recycled Fibers and Keep Mobile Beautiful, over one hundred paper recycling drop-off dumpsters have been located throughout the Mobile area.

View this map to find the drop off point most convenient for you.

What is considered mixed paper?
-Newspaper, books, magazines, copy paper, cardboard (flattened), cereal boxes, junk mail, etc.
-No waxed or plastic lined paper such as dog food bags.
-No paper contaminated with food.

Paper Recycling Facts

*Paper accounts for approximately 35% of all solid waste in the United States.

*Every year, enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California.

*Americans use approximately 85,000,000 tons of paper each year. That's about 680 pounds per person.

*The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year….most of that is packaging and junk mail.

*Approximately 80% of this paper can be recovered for recycling.

*Americans only recycle about 50% of the paper they use.

*For every ton of paper that is recycled, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space is saved.

*37% ofthe raw material used to make new paper and paperboard comes from recycled paper.

*Making recycled paper is 60% cheaper than making virgin paper and generates 95% less air pollution.

*Most of the trees that are used to make paper today are grown on working forests and harvested just like a crop. For every tree harvested to make paper, 3 new trees are planted to ensure an abundant supply of this renewable resource.

*If all of our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year.

*Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees. These 17 trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.

*Schools and workplaces generate the most paper that can be recycled.

*Get a recycling program started now in your home, school and workplace.

For any questions, please call Keep Mobile Beautiful at 208-6028.