The Earth has limited resources, and preserving those resources is society’s duty. After all, we all know the importance of the Go Green movement, which has swept across America. Paper recycling is clearly beneficial to the environment, but it is beneficial in many ways some don’t know about. In celebration of the Go Green movement, here is a list of 5 reasons to recycle:

1. Reduces water consumption

The process of generating pulp from recycled paper requires substantially less water than making the pulp from trees. Each ton of recycled paper saves about 7,000 gallons of water. With summer right around the corner, how would you like it if you didn’t have any water to drink on a hot summer day?

2. Reduces energy consumption

In addition to saving water through the process of making pulp from recycled paper, energy is also conserved in the process. It takes far more energy to convert pulp or paper materials from a tree rather than recycled materials.

recycling shredded paper

3. Reduces greenhouse gas effect

When paper is not recycled, it ends up in a landfill where it decomposes and releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas that pollutes the Earth’s atmosphere. Not to mention, more recycling leads to less deforestation; which in turns leads to more oxygen and cleaner air. Therefore, by recycling paper the atmosphere is also benefiting, and we can all breathe a little easier.

4. Increases landfill space

Landfill space is quickly filling up and the real estate is limited. The less waste going into landfills the better, especially when the products can be recycled.

5. Saves trees

Resources are limited and forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate.  Deforestation not only takes a toll on the environment directly affecting the air we breathe as humans, but also strips away homes from some of the most beautiful species in the world, leaving them without a home and out of their natural habitat.


We should all try a little harder to be mindful of our actions that have an effect on our planet. Take a second to think about small ways you can help to preserve a little more and use a little less. By making an effort to contribute to this movement, we are taking a step in the right direction to better preserve the planet for future generations.

Citadel has been recycling paper and has participated in this movement for 30 years now! By shredding sensitive information for numerous Chicago land area hospitals, healthcare office, law firms, and many businesses, the team has managed to save over 23 million trees. We encourage everyone to shred and recycle all their confidential information. Help the environment and let Citadel handle your shredding today!