I used to frequent a restaurant on Saturday mornings, and there was a group of older men who sat in the corner and drank coffee together. It was usually the same bunch of eight to ten although occasionally someone new would join and a regular would drop out. The men liked to sit and solve the world’s problems over steaming cups of black coffee. You wouldn’t find these guys drinking flavors like Irish Mocha or French Vanilla or adding whipped cream to their drinks. These were men with nicotine stained fingers that sometimes bothered to shave the overnight stubble but just as likely would not. Many of their faces were deeply lined and their skin was leathery from years of hard work in the sun. None of these men had ever paid for a tan. They would discuss politics, religion and every other topic that is forbidden and occasionally the political talk would become heated, but eventually cooler heads would prevail and the local sports teams would become the unifying subject they could all agree on. Some of these men were obviously farmers. They proudly wore caps with the logo of their favorite farm machinery on them, and a couple wore overalls every week. Others had been businessmen, factory workers, and truck drivers. But the one thing they all had in common was the fact that they had served their country in the military.
At The Meadows Center for Opportunity, our commitment to the community extends beyond providing employment opportunities and training for developmentally disabled adults and offering high-quality, secure data destruction to our customers. We believe that part of our mission is to practice responsible disposal methods that protect and preserve the environment.
We completely recycled destroyed paper documents. When the paper is shredded, it is baled into bales weighing approximately 1,500-1,800 pounds. These bales are sent to facilities around the nation to be reduced to pulp and used to produce recycled home paper goods.
How do our recycling efforts benefit the environment?
For each ton of paper we shred and recycle, between 17 and 31 trees are preserved. However, the benefits of recycling extend beyond the conservation of trees. Producing recycled paper is more energy efficient, requires fewer chemicals, and creates fewer pollutants than producing paper from wood fiber.
- Paper mills use 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled paper than from fresh lumber.
- Paper mills generate most of their energy from waste wood, but recycling mills use on-site cogeneration facilities or purchase energy from local power companies.
- Producing recycled paper requires fewer chemicals and bleaches that producing new paper.
- Recycled paper is less polluting than paper made from wood fiber.
In addition to reducing waste and creating fewer pollutants, paper recycling is important for the conservation of natural materials, renewable resources, and energy. Each ton of paper manufactured from recycled fibers rather than virgin fibers conserves:
- 7,000 Gallons of Water
- 17 to 31 Trees
- 4,000 KWh of Electricity
- 60 Pounds of Air Pollutants
Recycling shredded paper produced from our data destruction services is an important part of our commitment to green solutions and eco-friendly business practices.