Paper mills rarely use an entire tree to make paper. The trunk of a tree, for example, would usually be put to better use as lumber than as paper. Old boards and lumber that can no longer be used to build with can be recycled into paper, but old paper can’t be made into lumber.
The wood that paper is made from is divided roughly equally between: 1) Wood chips and scraps leftover from saw mills and other projects that require wood, 2) Recycled paper, even when the paper is not advertised as being recycled, and 3) virgin wood from trees.
Usually, any piece of fresh wood more than eight inches thick is used for lumber or other uses besides paper.
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