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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

Paper products should always be recycled first before composting (assuming they are clean and dry). This gives them another 'go' round the system. Once composted it takes a lot more time and resources ...
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Recycling paper at home

I ask my colleagues to keep the papers they print and do not use anymore, and I pile them up, cut them in half and make two holes at the top. I bind them together with a binder ring and I have a new ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

To add to Terry and Darren's suggestions, I wanted to insist on the fact that modern bidet attachments are available and easily installable on a sitting water toilet without major modification. This ...
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What alternatives there are to recycling paper?

I know of two things you can do with it. If they burn wood (or anything else for heat) then they can make fire bricks with it. The neatest thing I know to do with it is to make your own paper out of ...
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Are pizza cardboards stained with oil still recyclable?

There were two great related articles in The New York Times last month concerning recycling: Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not 6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong In the latter ...
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Composting used white shredded paper

We put shredded paper in our compost without noticeable ill effects, for much the reasons you are thinking about it (ie, it's readily available). The laser printer toner is probably better thought of ...
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Is butcher's paper typically waxed, oiled, or plastic coated?

The city of Ottawa apparently composts butcher's paper without distinction. Both Oakland and Berkeley include butcher's paper in their compostable lists (and Berkeley's even includes "Brown Waxed ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

The Romans of antiquity used a sponge on a stick. The sponge can be washed in a bucket with water and soap or eco friendly detergent.
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

I have not found much of an alternative to paper towels, but you could at least try the following: Drain food that has been deep fried on a wire rack. Only after this use paper towel to soak up ...
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What alternatives there are to recycling paper?

They could put it in their garden to suppress weeds and leave it there to break down. It conserves water and keeps the soil cooler too for the earthworm population. Putting it down between the rows ...
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What is the environmental impact of toilet paper processed at a water treatment plant?

In a municipal scale sewage system toilet paper is barely detectable. It gets soggy very quickly and disintegrates. There are huge problems with wet wipes, tampons and menstrual pads, however, as ...
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Environmental impact of using paper towels for hand drying

I was able to find several different news articles discussing this topic: "Paper towels least green way of drying hands, study finds" - The Guardian "Electric Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels" - Slate "...
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Is there any link between deforestation and paper use?

Information There are a variety of estimates of varying validity for total world paper usage. I'll stick with US paper usage, which is 69 million tons per year, according to the EPA (Note, I have no ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

Your assumption seems to be correct -- consuming paper towels demands about eight times more energy than machine-washing and hang-drying reusable rags made from discarded textiles. In order to ...
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How many times do you need to re-use cloth napkins to offset their impact?

Traditionally in household use, a cloth napkin was used a week. Hence monogrammed napkin rings, so you would get your own at hte table next time. This however is an aesthetic decision. Another ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

When my daughter was in diapers, we used cloth wipes for her. I bought them online, but pretty much any small piece of cloth will do. I would wet it with a spray bottle of water or a wipes solution to ...
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When recycling paper or cardboard, what level of contamination with (food) oils is ok?

As of January 2018 the standards for paper recycling have been tightened and even a small amount of contamination will now render paper loads inacceptable. The main driving force here is that China ...
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How much of paper gets recycled?

Depsite all the data below (may require further calculation), I think your various questions indicate that you would like to get a feel for the latest big picture view of paper recycling in your area ...
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How to dispose of coated paper take-out container

Since the original poster is in Vancouver, British Columbia, here is a response to this same question from the Recycling Council of British Columbia (Hotline@rcbc.ca) Summary: Rinse and remove ...
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In general, is cardboard with a plastic coating acceptable for recycling?

Paper recycling facilities usually can handle the small amount of plastic that's on a lot of boxes, but the plastic cannot be recycled in the same facility, so cardboard of that type is overall less ...
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Recycling paper at home

Some people make briquettes from paper to burn them in their oven for heating, see for example here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8OsYh0ksA This is quite tediuos work. Also, the exhaust fumes ...
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Do totally Chlorine free (TCF) toilet papers exist?

The table on this Conservatree.org webpage explains that Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) means it's Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) plus it has recycled content. So all the PCF papers you found are also TCF....
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Can I recycle waxy cardboard (in Greater Vancouver)?

The City of Vancouver’s Waste Wizard says put them in the green bin. They also have a hotline you can call. Why wait for an answer here?
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Composting paper versus recycling it, which one is more environment friendly?

Recycling paper is more environmentally friendly based on scale, reach, and results. I think it is best to compare these at a macro level as well as the populations that are able to compost vs. ...
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How do word processing on a laptop and writing with pen and paper stack up sustainability-wise?

OK, writing on a used piece of paper is hard to beat. Because you own the laptop already and the paper is from the waste I would say the remaining factors are the pencil vs. the energy and the ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

I live in Korea and we have a bidet toilet seat. I was wary at first, but now I'm a complete convert. Paper just cannot clean as well. There are a few varieties of bidet toilet attachments, but they ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

In more outhouse oriented times, folk would use old corn cobs. Giving us the expression 'corn-hole'
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