We recycle 100% of all the documents that we shred. That’s significant because last year alone we shredded and recycled 1,827 tons of paper and in the process saved 31,059 trees.
However, recycling shredded paper is more than just saving trees. The process to turn trees into paper requires a significant amount of energy and water and it also adds pollutants into our air. So every time ShredQuick recycles shredded paper we also save water, oil and electricity, while reducing air pollutants and landfill.
How did our recycling program impact the environment last year? In addition to the 31,059 saved trees we also saved 12,789,000 gallons of water, 7,790,700 kilowatts of electricity, 5,481 cubic yards of landfill, 3,654 gallons of oil and stopped 109,620 pounds of pollutants from being released into the air. (See Chart B below.)
|One Ton Of Recycled Paper Saves:||Our Recycling Efforts Last Year Saved:|
|7,000 Gallons of Water||12,789,000 Gallons of Water|
|4,100 Kilowatts of Electricity||7,490,700 Kilowatts of Electricity|
|60 Pounds of Air Pollutants||109,620 Pounds of Air Pollutants|
|17 Trees||31,059 Trees|
|3 Cubic Yards of Landfill||5,481 Cubic Yards of Landfill|
|2 Gallons of Oil||3,654 Gallons of Oil|
|Chart A||Chart B|
How You Can Do Your Part To Help Save The Environment
Most everyone wants to do their part to help save the environment, but knowing exactly what to do can be confusing. So here are three simple things you can do to do to help:
- Recycle– At home you likely recycle paper, plastics, glass and aluminum. But what about recycling at your workplace? At work you can recycle non-confidential documents in additional to all the things you normally recycle at home. If your workplace does not have a recycling program and you’re feeling ambitious, you can offer to set up the program. (Click here for some tips.) When you set the example at home and at work, you’ll encourage others to recycle as well.
- Buy Recycled Products– Now there are countless opportunities to buy recycled products. Automobile parts, building materials, clothes, floor coverings, paper products and toner cartridges are just a partial list. Before spending “top dollar” to buy new products look for opportunities to buy a recycled version of the same product.
- Use a NAID AAA Certified Shredding Service– If your organization is using an office shredder instead of a NAID AAA 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 gain access to company information for their own personal gain. A NAID AAA shredding company, like ShredQuick will recycle all your paper with our secure recycling program, while keeping your discarded information safe.