Recycling Paper Helps The Planet

Using recycled paper around the office is a good start, but everybody can do more to recycle office paper on a day to day basis.  By recycling office paper and cardboard, not only can we can help save trees, water, electricity and oil, it also reduces landfill and greenhouse emissions.

Did You Know…

How much recycling paper helps the environment?

  • Producing paper from recovered fibre instead of virgin fibre consumes up to 60% less water and 50% less energy.¹
  • Producing one tonne of recycled paper can save up to: 31,780 litres of water, 4,100 kw/h of electricity, 13 trees, 27 kilograms of air pollutants, 5 cubic metres of landfill and 2.5 barrels of oil.²

Recycled and recycleable paper are different things?

  • Recyclable only means that the paper can be recycled. It doesn’t necessarily contain recycled material.
  • Recycled paper contains previously used material.

There are different levels of recycled paper content? 

  • Recycled content is made from waste materials and usually measured as a percent of the total weight.
  • Post-consumer content is material that has finished its life cycle as paper and is turned into recycled fibre.
  • Pre-consumer content refers to by-products of manufacturing that are turned into recycled content.


1 ‘Know Your Paper: A guide to purchasing recycled content office paper‘ (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, January 2009)
2 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)