Approximately 4 billion, or one third of all trees that are harvested. Many of the trees used are grown on farms specifically for harvesting, so they are replenished quickly. The more environmentally-destructive impact of paper production, in fact, is inflicted by paper plants themselves. According to the U.S. Toxic Release Inventory report published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pulp and paper mills are among the worst polluters to air, water and land of any industry in the country. The Worldwatch Institute offers similar statistics for the rest of the world. Each year millions of pounds of highly toxic chemicals such as toluene, methanol, chlorine dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and formaldehyde are released into the air and water from paper making plants around the world.
16.32 million trees are harvest for paper production in the US each year.
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