Forests are being cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute to produce paper, which many people use and throw away every day. A plant takes as many as 20 years to grow into a tree substantial enough to be used as paper. On average, one tree yields about 700 grocery bags. For every ton pf paper recycled, the following are saved: 17 trees, 275 pounds of sulfur, 350 pounds of limestone, 9,000 pounds of steam, 60,000 gallons of water, 225 kilowatt hours of electricity, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Recycling 14 trees worth of paper reduces air pollutants by 165,142 tons. You can recycle ALL KINDS OF PAPER including office paper, mixed print, books, newspaper, news print, cardboard, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, magazines, envelopes, catalogues. Recycling and reusing materials like paper saves energy, conserves natural resources, reduces pollution, and reduces the volume of waste that ends up in our landfill, which in turn, extends the life of the landfill. Extending the life of the landfill helps the City of Ely, the County of White Pine, and the citizens of White Pine County save money! Do your part and start recycling paper today.
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