Video: Where Does Paper Go When It’s Recycled?

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Americans are pretty good at recycling paper — we recycle about 315 pounds per person every year. But what becomes of that paper after it hits your blue bin? This video from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries sheds light on the process, giving a quick primer on how paper is sorted, how it evolves into something new, and how recycling 1 ton of it saves 7,000 gallons of water.

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Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of national and regional publications, covering everything from sustainability and health to travel and retail.

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