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Business Data Record Services is a privately owned and managed Minnesota company since 1979 providing flexible personalized service.

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Paper Facts

As our business grows, we want to minimize our impact on the Earth’s climate. We are taking steps to implement innovative and responsible environmental practices across our company to reduce the carbon footprint, ensure efficient and practical recycling programs, and help our employees go green.

• In the last 20 years, the combined usage of today’s top ten paper users has increased from 92 million tons to 208 million tons, which is a growth of 126%, so the use of computers is not slowing the amount of paper we use.

• Recycling one ton of paper saves approx. 17 trees.

• Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.

• By 2012, the paper industry’s goal is to recover 60% of all the paper Americans consume for recycling, which is approximately 60 million tons of paper.

• One million tons of recovered paper is enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars.

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• Each year, the United States uses 85.5 million tons of paper, of which we recycle 22% or 19 million tons. Of the remaining paper, we could recycle up to 70% or 46 million tons. And those 46 million tons could save 782 million trees.

• Every day Americans buy approx. 62 million newspapers and throw out around 44 million of them. If we recycled just half our newsprint every year, we would need 3,200 fewer garage trucks to collect our trash.

• An average American uses 465 trees to create a lifetime of paper.

• Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees in newsprint each year.

• If Americans recycled every phone book each year, an estimated 650,000 ton of paper could be saved.

• Recycling half the world’s paper would free 20 million acres of forest land.

• Recycling one stack of newspapers about 6 feet tall saves the life of one tree 35 feet tall.

• The EPA has found that making paper from recycled materials results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution. This means that every ton of recycled paper keeps almost 60 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere that would have been produced if the paper had been manufactured from virgin resources.

• Every ton of recycled paper saves approximately 4 barrels of oil, 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy, and enough energy to heat and air-condition the average North American home for almost 6 months.

• Recycled paper is made to the same standards as paper made from virgin pulp.

• Paper plus cardboard combined make up 73% of the materials in the landfill.

• For every 15,000 tons of old newspaper recycled annually, 30 jobs are created to collect the paper, 40 jobs are created to process the paper, and 75 jobs are required to manufacture the newsprint.

All shredded material is recycled, including shrink-wrap and cardboard

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