17 Number of trees saved for each ton of paper recycled.
7,000 Gallons of water saved for each ton of paper recycled.
60 Percent less energy used to make recycled paper than new paper.
95 Percent less air pollution created by making recycled paper instead of new paper.
Source: Department of Environmental Protection
Looking to lower that carbon footprint but don't know what to do with all those outdated magazines, phone books or cardboard boxes?
Recycling enthusiasts now have the option of participating in a new community paper recycling program while helping to funnel cash to local schools courtesy of the Pasco County District School Board and U.S. GreenFiber LLC.
Residents and local businesses can recycle their brown paper bags, cardboard, cereal boxes, construction paper, gift wrap, magazines, newspapers, paper and phone books in GreenFiber's big green recycling containers at many Pasco schools.
The schools, in turn, receive 100 percent of the revenue from everything they recycle.
"I'm very excited about the program because it gives residents and businesses more opportunities to recycle," said Karen Bryant, the school district's recycling coordinator. "At some schools they are collecting papers at the car loop, newspapers at the bus loop and they're making every effort to get as many recycled paper products as possible."
The paper products will be recycled into insulation in Tampa and sold locally to stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's.
"This service provides residents with a free, ecologically sound way of disposing their recyclable paper materials, supports local organizations and keeps a measurable amount of paper out of landfills," said Tammy English, GreenFiber's recycling program coordinator.
Times and days of recycling collections vary from site to site. For information on specific days and times call the school of your choice or go to recycle.pasco.k12.fl.us and click on the link: "New! Community Paper Recycling Program."
Here's where you can find the recycling containers:
Anclote Elementary, Bayonet Point Middle, Calusa Elementary, Chasco Elementary, Cotee River Elementary, Crews Lake Middle, Deer Park Elementary, Fox Hollow Elementary, Gulf High, Gulf Middle, Gulf Trace Elementary, Gulfside Elementary, Schwettman Education Center, Hudson Elementary, Hudson High, Hudson Middle, Mary Giella Elementary, Mittye P. Locke Elementary, Moon Lake Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Paul R. Smith Middle, Richey Elementary, Seven Springs Middle, Shady Hills Elementary, Sunray Elementary, Trinity Elementary.
Centennial Elementary, Charles Rushe Middle, Chester Taylor Elementary, Creation Station (at the district school board), Denham Oaks Elementary, Double Branch Elementary, John Long Middle, Lake Myrtle Elementary, New River Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Pasco Middle, Pine View Middle, Quail Hollow Elementary, Raymond B. Stewart Middle, San Antonio Elementary, Sand Pine Elementary, Sanders Elementary, Veterans Elementary, Wesley Chapel Elementary, Wesley Chapel High.