[GRRN] Wood needed for paper

Cindy Shea (cpshea@earthlink.net)
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 09:40:19 +0000

Hi everbody,

The requests for my original calculations regarding the ability to save
17 trees by recycling a ton of paper have already started trickling in.
I have no idea where they are at this point. (I've subsequently lived in
five cities in four countries.) I do remember basing the reference on
fast-growing southern softwoods. Also, the aluminum recycling and energy
saving reference, regarding a half can of gasoline saved, was calculated
by Bill Chandler, my predecessor on recycling issues.

For more recent and detailed information on the tree savings associated
with paper recycling, see this comment:
"By the way, while your estimate may have been widely criticized over
years, it appears to be the fairest single figure you could have come up

with. The 17 trees saved per ton of paper recycled falls right within
range (15.8 to 18.5) estimated by Dean Einspahr of Fiber Resources,
Inc., in
the article "Saving Forest Resources Through Recycling" published in the
1992 issue of Progress in Paper Recycling. If you've never seen that
article, I'd be glad to send you a copy."

Brian Foran
California Integrated Waste Management Board

Cindy Pollock Shea
Contributing Editor
Florida Sustainable Communities Center