Paper Recycling - Helps create something useful out of nothing – Measure for upliftment of our Environment:
Paper is required and used for anything and everything one can think of. With hundreds of final uses, paper satisfies many important human needs. In fact, it is an integral part of everyday life. The technological advances with computers and photocopiers has increased the consumption and wastage of paper.
By using paper carelessly, we contribute to the depleting forest cover, drastic climate change and water pollution. For every ton of paper, the paper industry guzzles up 2.8 tons of dry timber and 24,000 gallons of water, besides electricity and other resources. Pulp and paper industry is a major contributor in terms of air and water pollution.
Recycling of paper not only saves trees and minimises pollution, but also reduces the waste problem by utilizing waste material like used paper, cotton rags and unwanted biomass.
Benefits of paper recycling:
(a) Paper accounts for a significant amount of municipal waste.
(b) Recycling paper means less waste and disposal problem.
(c) Energy conservation - 60-70% energy savings over virgin paper production.
(d) Resource conservation - Recycled paper uses 55% less water and helps preserve our forests.
(e) Pollution reduction - Recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35%, reduces air pollution by 74%, and eliminates many toxic pollutants.
(f) Livelihood creation - Recycling of waste paper creates more jobs.