• In one year, 2 billion books, 359 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published in the United States.
  • One year’s worth of the New York Times newspaper weighs 520 pounds.
  • In 1990, third class mail made up more than 2% of the waste disposed in the United States and weighed 3.6 million tons.
  • Every ton of paper made from recycled materials saves about 17 trees.
  • Every year, the U.S. and Canada chop down 34 million Christmas trees – enough to cover the state of Rhode Island with a forest.
  • Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
  • The post-consumer recycling rate for old newsprint in the US in 1990, 1992, and 1994 was 38%, 47%, and 45% respectively (MSW Report).
  • Nearly 81.3 million tons of paper and paperboard waste was generated in the U.S. in 1994.Paper and paperboard constituted the largest portion of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream in 1994, representing 38.9% of the total waste by weight.


Source: Purdue University