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Click on each stage of the paper lifecycle below to learn more:

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Click on each stage of the paper lifecycle below to learn more:

click to learn about: Collection click to learn about: Transportation click to learn about: Sorting click to learn about: End of Life Management click to learn about: Reprocessing click to learn about: Natural resource extraction click to learn about: Manufacturing click to learn about: Consumption click to learn about: Reuse

Click on each stage of the paper lifecycle below to learn more:

click to learn about: Collection click to learn about: Transportation click to learn about: Sorting click to learn about: End of Life Management click to learn about: Reprocessing click to learn about: Natural resource extraction click to learn about: Manufacturing click to learn about: Consumption click to learn about: Reuse

King County has a Zero Waste of Resources by 2030 goal referenced in King County Code (KCC 10.14.020), the Strategic Climate Action Plan, and 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. In 2019, paper comprised more than 18% of what was disposed at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. This represents a significant wasted resource that could be prevented upstream, or recovered and transformed into a new product, such as copy paper.

Deforestation, a result of relying on virgin materials for paper and other wood products, emits high levels of greenhouse gases and leads to the endangerment or extinction of plants and animals that call those forests their home. Paper products, when kept in landfill, produce harmful greenhouse gases such as methane. Kept out of the landfill, paper can be recycled many times and turned into repurposed material.

Recycling one ton of recycled paper saves 3,700 pounds of lumber and 24,000 gallons of water. High-grade office paper is recycled into lower grade paper such as newsprint. Newsprint may be recycled into egg cartons. Paper fibers may be recycled up to seven times.

To reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of paper products, it is crucial to foster appropriate management of paper materials. The county's goal is to seek out markets and improve recycling streams. It focuses on exploring the programs and activities that offer a comprehensive approach to managing paper materials domestically.

In 2020, King County and Seattle funded research on the secondary paper market in the Puget Sound region Download PDF 1.2 MB.

King County is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition external link .

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Puget Sound’s Paper Trail - 2020 Paper Market Assessment report
Read Puget Sound’s Paper Trail Download PDF 1.2 MB – Seattle & King County 2020 Paper Market Assessment.

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