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Date: Wed, 4 Dec 96 14:54 WET From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman) Subject: Re: How many newspapers must be recycled in order to save a tree? (Matthew Smith)
December 4, 1996
Dear Matthew Smith,
Let me first say that industry believes that the net sum for tree cutting to make paper when compared with the amount of tree reforestation that they do, is way lower than estimates from more anti-industry sources.
The factoid that is true in the abstract is that: 1 ton of newsprint recycled saves 17 trees. You can probably weigh your local newspaper and then calculate the answer to your question from this statistic, which, while true, is not the whole story.