People > Recycling
||Recycling is a
great way to reuse the paper fiber that the pulp and
paper industry produces for a variety of products.
By recycling our paper, we can reduce
the volume that flows into our state's landfills each year.
In 1996 we recycled 555,000 tons of paper products (newspaper,
office paper, scrap paper, and cardboard), but for every
100 dump trucks going to the landfill, 19 would have been
full of paper products. Paper products, like other organic
materials, produce methane gas and release other substances
when decomposing in the landfill these have the potential
to create environmental problems.
Often recycling can save our industry
in energy use with newspaper, for example, a mill can
save 20 to 35% on energy costs by using recycled newspaper
instead of virgin wood chips. Also, when using recycled
office paper in the pulp-making process, it reduces the
amount of chemicals needed to make the fibers white again.
Since we're touring a pulp and paper
mill that makes high quality paper products, here is a snapshot
of our State's recycling efforts from 1996:
Office and Scrap Paper Recycling Profile
Oregonians generated 101,000 tons of
office paper refuse, recycled 49,000 tons of it, and disposed
of 52,000 tons of office paper through other means. 53 percent
of the paper that was recycled was used by local pulp, paper,
and tissue mills, while the remainder was mostly exported.
Oregon pulp and paper mills Fort James Corp. in Halsey,
West Linn Paper Company in West Linn, International Paper
in Reedsport, and Weyerhaeuser in Springfield use about
146,000 tons of office paper each year.
Scrap paper is a term that describes
a mixture of high and low grade paper types, including magazines,
cardboard, envelopes, junk mail. It is a wide variety of
types and colors of paper. Oregonians generate about 221,000
tons of scrap paper per year; the equivalent of 139 pounds
per capita. 57,000 tons were recycled, or roughly 25 percent
of the scrap paper generated. Local pulp and paper mills
used 25,800 tons of the scrap paper recycled, while the
majority of the remainder exported out-of-state.
"This is only a snapshot
of our recycling efforts, using 1996 as an example.
For more information, visit the Oregon Department
of Environmental Quality on recycling."
the DEQ Webpage