Any materials not recycled cost many times more to dispose of than if we are able to recycle them, in both real money and in environmental harm. The trees that paper comes from are a vital resource, they absorb carbon dioxide, which we humans exhale into the atmosphere. Without the trees this carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere contributing to global warming and climate change.
It is true to say that replanting initiatives and legislation are helping, but it is in all our interests to keep as many trees as possible – Keep Rother Green! It is also true that recycling paper uses much less energy than making new paper. As a final clincher (should it be needed), separated paper is sold and the income is essential to controlling our costs.
Recycling paper reduces methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
When paper decomposes anaerobically in landfills, it produces the gas methane. Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, together with carbon dioxide contribute to global climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and when they are cut down to make paper products, more carbon dioxide is released than absorbed.
Processing wood to make paper pulp using fossil fuel-based energy releases additional carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, recycling one ton of paper can reduce greenhouse gas levels by one metric ton of carbon equivalent.