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Climate for Action: Start a Paper Recycling Program at Your School

2009 May 5

About the Author: Michelle Gugger graduated from Rutgers University in 2008. She is currently spending a year of service at EPA’s Region 3 Office in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

image of children dumping bins of paper into a mixed paper recycling collection bin.There are many successful paper recycling programs that schools start every year and their efforts certainly make a big difference. For example, 28 schools in Central Virginia started a paper recycling program in 2007 and have been able to collect more than 156 tons of paper to date. The 156 tons of paper that they recycled have saved more than 2,000 trees, 823,000 gallons of water, and 411 yards of landfill space.

Why not become a climate ambassador and educate your classmates about the benefits of paper recycling? By recycling your schools used paper, you can save water, energy, landfill space and you can reduce the impacts of deforestation and global climate change.

If you are interested in starting a paper recycling program at your school, here’s a guide for you to follow to help make your program successful:

  • Talk to your principal about setting up a collection for paper waste and finding a local paper recycler.
  • Educate your school about the importance of paper recycling and what bins to recycle their used paper in.
  • Organize a club to help make sure that the bins are being used properly.

You can make a big difference by starting a paper recycling program at your school. With every ton of paper that your school recycles, the EPA estimates that you can help save 7,000 gallons of water, 3.3 yards of landfill space and reduce one ton of carbon from entering into the atmosphere. So, become involved in helping your school protect the environment – start a paper recycling program and educate others on the importance of recycling. Be sure to let us know if you plan on starting a paper recycling program and why.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. jsanjuan permalink
    May 11, 2009

    I personally believe that recycling program will help us a lot. Aside from helping the environment, there are chances that people will have jobs on recycling. This is something all schools should think about. Let us all support it to help the whole nation.


  2. Paper Shredder permalink
    May 12, 2009

    Recycling is a only way to safe our earth from damaging.

  3. Michelle permalink
    May 21, 2009

    So true…Cool name

  4. Michelle permalink
    May 21, 2009

    Very true. With the maintenance of a plant, it’s daily operation needs and daily transportation needs paper recycling plants could add a lot of new jobs to communities.

  5. nick erickson permalink
    October 22, 2009

    Anybody interested in diverting electronics from landfills and stopping e-waste from getting sent overseas should have a look at Intercon Recycling’s page on Facebook. Become a fan and support the recycling efforts of this environmental leader.

  6. Jaqueline permalink
    August 8, 2010

    I love my job cos all i do is recycling ! I work for shredding companies fort lauderdale and i must say that for each ton of paper we recycle, 17 trees remain alive.

  7. S. Anastasiou permalink
    October 5, 2010

    We should all contribute to the cause of saving our planet.
    Recycling paper is the easiest way to start be we can do much more things. We can reduce the use of our car and start using public transport , bicycles or even walk more. We can change all our light bulbs with the new power efficient bulbs. There are many other ways to Go Green

  8. lilly adams permalink
    October 6, 2010

    There are so many paper shredding companies to pick from. I have been using for all of my paper shredding needs. They are very professional and I trust them completely with all of my private documents.

  9. Data Shredding Services permalink
    December 8, 2010

    At school, our children are educated about the things around them and this principles will be their basis on how they will interact and see things as they grow up. Teaching people how to recycle and care for the environment should start in the ‘grass roots’ level which is the school before they step out in the real world so that they will become responsible citizens. Their paperwork can be shredded or recycled to be able to reduce the waste being collected in schools.

  10. DebraC permalink
    May 6, 2011

    Am all for paper recycling in all areas of our life, whether at home or at work.

    We seem to waste huge amounts of resources, and there needs to be a change in attitude to reduce wastage of paper from an early age.

    Little things all add up and can make a huge difference if each person does their bit.

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    May 7, 2011

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