Want to learn more about paper and recycling? Then check out these useful links:
Recycling Council of British Columbia
- Founded in 1974, RCBC is Canada’s longest serving recycling council. From expansion of the beverage container deposit/refund program to establishing programs for used paint, pesticides and electronic waste, RCBC has led B.C.’s progressive policies of Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship program development.
Reach for Unbleached
- Started as a citizens’ organization in British Columbia in 1991, Reach for Unbleached works for a sustainable pulp and paper industry by making pulp mills clean up and by promoting clean paper. Reach for Unbleached seeks to empower citizens to change the technology by which paper is manufactured, through consumer education and the use of accurate scientific information. They believe that citizens will choose to change from polluting to non-polluting products, if they are given practical information on which to act, and shown accessible avenues for that action.
- Canopy is an environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate. They work with companies to craft purchasing guidelines, and with partners to develop solutions that facilitate sustainability and protect forests.
Environmental Paper Network (EPN)
- EPN is an alliance of over 100 organizations with diverse approaches to a common problem — the severe impact of the pulp and paper industry on major environmental challenges including climate change, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, air and water quality, and solid waste.
The Paper Calculator
- The Paper Calculator is a useful tool provided by the Environmental Paper Network (see above) that helps organizations quantify the benefits of better paper choices and shows the environmental impacts of different papers across their full lifecycle.
David Suzuki Foundation (Making Sense of Paper Labels article)
- The David Suzuki Foundation is non-profit organization that works with government, business and individuals to conserve the environment by providing science-based education, advocacy and policy work, and acting as a catalyst for the social change that today’s situation demands.
- Click the link for a great article on Making Sense of Paper Labels.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- The FSC is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
CalRecycle (Gov’t of California)
- California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together information on the state’s recycling and waste management programs on this website.
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- This US government website has facts and figures about recycling in the United States.
- Conservatree is a California-based non-profit catalyst and advocate for ecologically sustainable paper markets. They provide tools and strategies for successful conversion to environmentally sound papers.
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Facts about Recycling
Do you have questions about recycling things other than paper? How about things like appliances, automotive materials, batteries, electronic waste and other stuff? Then check out the Recycling FAQs page on the BC Recycling Council’s website. This is a great resource (especially if you live in British Columbia). Another good resource is the Recycling Guide which provides information on recycling in the UK. And if you live in the States, then check out the info on the EPA’s website.