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Post Consumer Fiber Paper


Every ton (about 40 cartons) of 30% postconsumer content copier paper saves the equivalent of 7.2 trees

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Post-Consumer

Post-consumer content is an end product that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and rather than being sent to the landfill, it is diverted by reusing the material in a new product. Examples of items that may include post-consumer content are office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics and metals.  By recycling materials that have served their intended use, new products can be made.   For example, a plastic bottle can become carpet backing by placing it in a recycling bin.  It’s just as important to purchase materials that contain recycled content as it is to recycle.

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Recycling

Glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper (including glossy magazines, envelopes with plastic windows and sticky notes) can all be easily recycled.  Depending on the waste hauler, recycling bins can include commingled waste (i.e. all materials are collected in one bin) or they may require separated waste (i.e. one bin for paper, one bin for plastics, etc).  By recycling products, materials are sent back to the marketplace rather than to the landfill. 

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