How much of a landfill is paper waste?



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    Too much. Products like newspaper, printer paper, and carboard take up approximately 14-18% of a landfill, which is quite an unacceptable number, considering that 100% of it could easily be recycled instead. Throwing away paper instead of recycling it is bad for the environment because 1) it requires us to use more land for our landfills, and 2) paper releases methane gas as it rots, which adds to the process of climate change. A few ways to reduce these numbers is simply to recycle when you can (even if it means taking a few seconds to rip the little plastic window out of the spaghetti box), buy post-consumer products, and get your coffee in a mug instead of a paper cup.

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