Environmental Effects

In the United States the paper industry is the largest user, per ton of product, of industrial process water and the third largest industrial consumer of energy.  During the year 2008 in the United States, paper and paperboard accounted for the largest portion (34 percent) of the municipal waste stream, and 25 percent of discards after recovery of materials for recycling and composting. Once in a landfill, paper has the potential to decompose and produce methane, a greenhouse gas with 21 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide.  Transportation throughout the system also has significant environmental impacts. In an effort to improve the paper industry, we need to make moves to sustainable forest management with Forestry Stewardship Certification and removal of harmful bleaching technologies. 
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Oregon City, OR Paper Mill Exterior Image