Chronicles of a Tree-Hugger’s Life: Recycled Paper Means More Fresh Air

– by Laura Mauney - Recycling Infographic According to an infographic posted by, “if all of our newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250 million trees per year.”

In other words, when more paper is recycled, fewer trees get chopped down, more clean air is produced, climates in communities where trees grow freely freshen up, and our global climate improves.

Until the pulp completely biodegrades, dry paper can be recycled multiple times.

Reycling paper has become standard waste management practice across almost every community in the US.

Most communities have specific recycling policies. Check local waste management websites to find out if paper needs to be separated from other recyclables, like aluminum, plastic and glass.

Most paper items that have not been used for organic waste are recyclable. Here is a short list:

  • Bad print jobs
  • Cardboard mailers and boxes
  • Cardboard food packaging
  • Cardboard milk and juice cartons (rinsed)
  • Direct Mail catalogs
  • Envelopes from opened mail
  • Expired financial documents
  • Junk mail and flyers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office documents
  • Pet food bags
  • Prescription labels
  • Old school papers
  • Store receipts
  • Used wrapping paper
  • Recycling at Businesses, Schools, Events and Places of Worship

    For more tips about how to organize recycling, read sustainability expert Veronica Miles’ comprehensive guide to setting up a recycling program at offices, schools, events and houses of worship – anyplace where large numbers of people congregate.

    Important – Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft!

    Before recycling, any item that includes a personal address should be shredded or have the address marked out with a permanent marker, including addresses on cardboard mailers and boxes.

    Financial documents, prescription labels, junk mail, magazine covers, and order forms that include a personal name and address should also be shredded before recycling.

    Create a separate container for recyclables to be shredded. Keep a personal shredder on hand for quick and easy shred jobs.

        offers a wide array of recycling bins, shredders and permanent markers – everything you need to keep your recycling efforts well organized.

    For large shred jobs, Veronica Miles also recommends licensed shredding companies that are NAID certified. Such companies routinely handle high volume shred jobs for businesses and institutions, and often accept low fee personal shred jobs as well. To find a shredding company near you, just enter a search for “shredding company” at your favorite search engine.

    Enjoy this slide show about Laura’s recent shredding adventure, which she undertook with the help of her two daughters and Bob, the professional shredder at SafeShred.

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    About Laura Mauney

    Laura Mauney is a writer who thinks she is a photographer. Professionally, she specializes in online marketing, and creating, organizing and managing creative assets and user-friendly information for websites. She is also a mother. Her photo blogs include Flowers in Urbia and Trees in Urbia.

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