Everyone likes to talk about “going green” and doing their part to save the environment, but at Marshall Shredding we do more than just talk. We recycle 100% of all the paper that we shred. That’s significant because last year alone we shredded and recycled 3,856 tons of paper and in the process saved 65,552 trees.
However, our impact on the environment is more than just saving trees. What many people don’t realize is that the process to turn trees into paper requires a significant amount of energy and water and it also adds pollutants into our air. Consider this. Recycling just one ton of paper saves about 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity.
So how did our paper recycling impact the environment? Besides the 65,552 trees noted above, we also saved 26,992,000 gallons of water, 15,809,600 kilowatts of electricity, 11,568 cubic yards of landfill, 7,712 gallons of oil and stopped 231,360 pounds of pollutants from being released into the air.
|One Ton Of Recycled Paper Saves:||Our Recycling Efforts Each Year Save:|
|7,000 Gallons of Water||26,992,000 Gallons of water|
|4,100 Kilowatts of Electricity||15,809,600 Kilowatts of Electricity|
|60 Pounds of Air Polutants||231,360 Pounds of Air Pollutants|
|17 Trees||65,552 Trees|
|3 Cubic Yards of Landfill||11,568 Yards of Landfill|
|2 Gallons of Oil||7,7,12 Gallons of Oil|
3 Things You Can Do To Help Save The Environment
So what can you do to help the environment? Here are three simple things you can do to make a significant impact:
Everyone knows about the essential items they should be recycling at home, like paper, plastics, glass and aluminum. But recycling shouldn’t stop there. At home you can also have a yard sale to recycle items your family no longer uses or you can recycle your old clothes by donating them to a charity. At work, you can set the example and encourage others to recycle as well. If you don’t have a recycling program at work you can click here for some great ideas from the Texas State Department of Environmental Conservation.
2. Buy Recycled Products
Most people are surprised to learn just how many recycled products are available. Automobile parts, building materials, clothes, floor coverings, paper products and toner cartridges are just a partial list. For more information Google “buying recycled products” or just click here.
3. Use a Certified Shredding Service
If your organization is using an office shredder instead of a certified shredding service, chances are that at least one of your office mates is dumping shredded paper in the trash, instead of the recycling bin. That means your organization is not only NOT recycling all the paper they should, they’re also exposing confidential information to “dumpster divers” who can sift through your trash and then piece together strips of company information for their own personal gain. A NAID AAA shredding company, like Marshall Shredding will recycle all your paper with our secure recycling program, while keeping your discarded information safe.