Make a change: Green tip #7

Posted by Laura Grant on January 17, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Bales of recycled paperThe energy saved by a year’s worth of paper recycling in South Africa is enough to provide electricity to 512 homes for a year, according to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa).

Not only is 40 percent less energy required to manufacture recycled paper, water consumption is halved and waste water is reduced by 35%.

Every metric ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 3 square metres of landfill space. Recycled fibre reduces air emissions in papermaking by 70 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are cut by 2.8 tons and sulphur dioxide by 10kg.

In 2006, 2.1-million metric tons of paper were consumed in South Africa. About 44 percent was recovered. Most of the paper consumed by households ended up in landfill sites, because only 14 percent of the 350,000 tons used was recovered. Offices did slightly better, with 42 percent of the 385 000 tons recovered. But home and office consumers simply threw away a total of 525,000 tons of paper in 2006.

If all household paper/cardboard was recycled 750,000 cubic metres of landfill space would be saved a year, saving local authorities R60-million a year in collection and landfill costs.ronnie-bag.JPG

Source: Paper Recycling Association of South Africa

Mondi’s Paper Pick-up service is a good place to start if you want to recycle your paper and cardboard. The company says that every household will save four trees a year by recycling its paper and cardboard.


One Response to “Make a change: Green tip #7”

  1. M Chrich
    February 18th, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    Where in port Elizabeth, South Africa is a recycle depot where I can drop off newspapers and bottles

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