How Much Paper Is Wasted Daily?


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The entire population of the United States uses approximately 187 billion pounds of paper products annually, as reported by the Ecology Global Network. Dividing this figure by 365 days reveals that 0.5123 billion pounds, or 512.3 million pounds, are wasted every day by the nation's population. The yearly paper consumption for the world is 300 million tons, or 0.822 million tons per day.

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This amount of paper waste includes books, magazines and a variety of other paper products. In the U.S., each person utilizes nearly 749 pounds of paper products each year. Forty percent of the trash thrown out consists of paper products.

To make paper products, 4 billion trees are cut down annually. This figure represents about 35 percent of the trees found worldwide.

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