In 2009, the Underwood Interact Club purchased green recycling bins that were placed in all the classrooms throughout the school. Our goal was to promote the concept of recycling by challenging students and teachers to recycle their notebook and printer paper.
- Forests are being cut and trees are being felled at an unimaginable rate of 100 acres per minute. All this to produce paper which is normally used and disposed without much thought.
- A plant takes a minimum of 15 to 20 years to grow into a tree, but takes less than ten minutes to be felled, and on an average one tree can yield about 700 paper grocery bags, which will be consumed in less than an hour by a supermarket!
- According to The Public Recycling Officials of Pennsylvania, for every ton of paper that is recycled, the following are saved:
- 17 trees
- 275 pounds of sulfur
- 350 pounds of limestone
- 9,000 pounds of steam
- 60,000 gallons of water
- 225 kilowatt hours
- 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
- Energy used to recycle paper is close to 70% less than when paper is prepared using virgin wood and other raw material.
- Recycling 14 trees worth of paper reduces air pollutants by 165,142 tons.
The Paper Recycling Process
The paper recycling process basically involves the generic recycling process of collecting the recyclables, sorting them by their types, processing them into raw materials and manufacturing.....
This year, we decided to assign each Interact member a room that they are responsible for. At least once a month, every member should tak e the time to empty the bin in their assigned room.
Click here to find out what room is yours.