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Whether you're reading your favorite book, writing a grocery list, or printing a flyer, you're using something that’s been around for nearly 2,000 years...paper!


Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That's an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year! Not to mention that the average office worker handles around 10,000 sheets of paper every year.


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As recyclable materials come to our single-stream facility at Midwest Fiber, they enter another phase of the product life-cycle, which involves the collection of raw materials to the destruction or recycling of the final product. With some materials, like glass and aluminum, there is no limit to the number of times they can be recycled!! So, what does a product life-cycle look like? Let's trace the steps of a milk jug, and find out!



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  • Marie says #
    I love to see the life cycle diagram like this! I hope to see more

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As quickly as it came, Christmas is past, leaving behind good memories of family and fun, and more tangible items, like cardboard boxes and packing material. At my house, it's post-holiday clean-up time! As much as I'd like to adopt a new decorating scheme consisting of empty boxes and tissue paper, the clutter has to go.


What can be reused and/or recycled?


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Although winter days are short, and darkness commandeers most of the evening, neighborhoods are anything but dim this time of year. It's the season for Christmas lights!!


Whether clear, colored, indoor, or outdoor, these strands of cheery lights illuminate a holiday wonderland across the country.

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  • Rachel Steward says #
    Recycling is a great thing, but we have to try to reuse before that. We should trying to fix the lights before throw them away!
  • Midwest Fiber says #
    That is a great point Rachel! If something can be reused before being recycled, that's always a good way to reduce waste.

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Enjoying time with family, preparing for the holidays, and let's not forget about turkey!! Thanksgiving is a busy time for many people, making it no surprise that it's one of the most travel-heavy times of the year.


According to Nationwide.com, 56% of drivers will travel at least 100 miles, with the average long-distance trip length being 214 miles! And approximately 91% of Thanksgiving trips are made by car.



Recycling helps families save money, especially in communities with pay-as-you-throw programs.

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