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Our team at Midwest Fiber is pleased to announce that 2014 proved to be a record year for recycling, thanks to the businesses and municipalities throughout the Midwest that desire to divert recyclable materials from the waste stream.

 

As a result of their efforts, they recycled 318,876,000 pounds of commodities, diverting enough material from the landfill to cover 96 football fields...3 feet deep!! As you can imagine, this volume saves a significant amount of natural resources and landfill space.

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  • Marie says #
    I wonder how much space a pound of air takes up? That has to be a huge amount considering air is what it is.

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.

   


Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

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