Reducing paper consumption is one of the most effective ways to save energy and natural resources. Paper accounted for 33% of the American waste stream in 2007, and though paper products are largely recyclable, the pulp and paper production industry is one of the primary consumers of energy and water in America. Better to reduce than recycle.
There are actually two separate questions bundled into this larger question:
What is the most environmentally sound end use for shredded paper?
How do we get to the correct end use with curbside pickup?
Does your current paper stream threaten to flash flood? Are you looking to find ways to tame the inbox? If you're over paper shuffling and would be over the paper moon about outbox strategies to reduce the flow, then read on for tips on how to tackle the paper tiger!