Miami County Recycles

Negative Effects of Paper Production

Ever feel like you are surrounded by paper you no longer need? Sales ads, envelopes, junk mail, old bills, wrapping paper, and school work stack up daily waiting to be sorted through, shredded, or thrown out. It’s annoying and feels unnecessary at times.

Good news! Our post-consumer paper is easy to recycle. According to the “How it Works” section of our website, “Post-consumer waste is material discarded after consumer use, such as old corrugated containers (OCC), old magazines, and newspapers.” OCC is basically un-waxed cardboard boxes (not including greasy pizza boxes).

Tossing your paper waste in the recycling bin has various benefits. In addition to keeping materials out of the landfill, it prevents the harmful effects deforestation has on the environment. According to the National Geographic resource page, Deforestation, much of the deforestation is caused by logging, the act of cutting down trees for the production of wood and paper. As stated in the article, “The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.” Deforestation also affects the environment. The removal of trees in large areas causes the soil to dry and the water cycle slowed. The result: climate change.

So, throw those old magazines, newspapers, bills (even the envelopes with windows!), old school and work paper in the recycling bin. Don’t worry about stickers on the paper; we can remove those. You’re doing more help than you know!

Posted on Sep 28, 2018 by Miami County Recycles