Recycling Newspaper Benefits the Alaska Economy
Today, almost everything is technically recoverable. But we remain a throwaway society because of taxpayer’s subsidies that make it cheaper to extract virgin materials than recover discarded ones. We fail to include the costs of pollution and environmental destruction in prices of products.
As an example it takes trees, water and electricity to make newsprint. Just to give you a visual – about 65,000 trees are used to print the Sunday edition of the New York Times. And sad to say, about 10 million tons of newsprint are thrown away in the USA each year. 10 million tons, that’s hard to visualize.
Recycling newspaper can save 34-60% of the total energy needed for virgin newsprint. Recycling just 1 ton (what can fit in a 1 ton truck) of newsprint, saves 600 kwh of energy, 71 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water and 15 trees.
We can recycle newspaper in Alaska
The Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) accepts newspapers and newsprint paper for recycling during their regular drop off hours. Outside of drop off hours, newspapers and newsprint paper can be put into the 24/7 drop off bin located at the entrance gate to our property near the MSB Central Landfill just past the MSB Animal Control Shelter.
We use newsprint paper in Alaska
Thermo-Kool of Alaska, Inc. is a Mat-Su Valley business that uses recovered newsprint in several products. The re-manufactured newsprint is used to make cellulose insulation, hydroseeding mulch, lawn Re-New, animal bedding, liquid absorbent and stone mastic asphalt additive.
Recycling newspaper is just one way to practice the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ theory. Purchase wisely, use products made from recycled materials, find other uses for materials after their initial use, and recycle the item when you are finished with it. Be an active participant for wise use of natural materials; volunteer with a recycling group or donate money, lobby politicians to use recycled products in public projects, form partnerships to help achieve bigger goals, and research other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.