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How many trees are saved by recycling paper?

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Each ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and a multitude of other resources such as oil, water, landfill space and the energy used to produce paper. The average person in the United States uses approximately seven trees per year in various paper products, totaling 2,000,000,000 trees per year.

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Converted to weight, the average American consumes 680 pounds of paper per year. By recycling 1/10th of newspapers used in the U.S. each year, 25,000.000 trees are saved. If all newspapers were recycled, up to 250,000,000 trees would be saved. Every week, 500,000 trees are used for the Sunday edition of the newspapers in the United States alone.

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