Paper saving

@nannacroc (4049)
September 27, 2008 3:41pm CST
I've stopped buyng newspapers and I have all my bills on line to save paper. So why do I now get three free newspapers each week? Doing my bit to save and re-cycle paper seems a bit pointless when these papers are still being made.
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7 responses
@JoyfulOne (6241)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I know, it's like a losing battle lol. One thing I do is take them up to our local school. They have a paper recycler bin (huge) for us to drop off our used newspapers, junk mail, phone books, etc. Once the bin is filled the recycling company comes and picks it up and the school gets paid. (Funds from that go to library books, playground stuff, etc.) It's a good program, and I no longer feel that those papers are going to waste in the trash. If I'm going to get them all anyways, they might as well make the elementary school some profit. Talk about excess paper....I have phone books out the wazoo. Not only does our phone company send us a book or two, there are at least 3 to 4 produced by the county and other organizations in nearby vicinities. It's absolutely ridiculous! All the same stuff is in each and every phone guide, it's only made by different places. How redundant is that?!
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@MsTickle (25136)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
What a good idea for a school project. That's a good thing for the students to be involved with as well. to learn about re-cycling by being actively involved.
@stvasile (7314)
• Romania
27 Sep 08
I buy a paper so rarely, that I don't know when I bought the last one. I generally buy papers when they have something else attached, such as DVDs. I get all the news that I need from the radio and by reading the titles on other people's papers in the subway, in the morning. If I see an interesting topic, I browse it on the Internet.
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 08
Rather defeating the object isn't it, I agree, we get about three or four free newspapers shoved through our door each week, and inside they're full of leaflets as well! What is the point? We have two collections from the council one for rubbish one for recyling, papers, plastic, etc then they go and deliver free papers, why not stop the free papers and all the damn useless leaflets that go in them? Senseless, fighting a losing battle as fast as we are recycling it, more paper comes in!
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@SomeCowgirl (32254)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I am not into reading newspapers on a regular basis but my fiance's mom and dad are. We only get our local paper once a week on Wednesday's but the next county delivers to us and other people surrounding us , so they do get that. I think actually she decided to get it, because they called, even though she (when I say she I mean my fiance's mom) is starting to recycle again. I think that it's great when people do recycle, and I would recommend maybe finding a craft organization that would take your old papers and the new ones that keep coming in, I know there are a lot of crafts they can use them for one being paper machet if I am not mistaken. In Any case, here I am rambling on. I think that taking it to organiations like that is good as some places that do recycle, don't really, they just throw it in with the rest of the stuff, to them it's just people getting their money's worth! Anyway! Have a great day!
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@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
10 Oct 08
I used to buy newspapers. It is really not necessary to buy them since I have a laptop. U can download almost everything online. Also, I think papers are made from wood, grass or something. Thus, it is really valuable to save them.
@peavey (16991)
• United States
28 Sep 08
From the other side of the question, I get a free newspaper about once a week, when they can get someone to deliver it. I don't take the newspaper, so when the freebies do come, I welcome them, as they have sales circulars that the online paper doesn't have. It's a good way to find grocery sales that help with the budget. I recycle the newspaper in various ways. Some places have drop offs for small amounts of newspaper, but I also use them to dry windows and mirrors and use in many other instances instead of buying paper towels, among many other things.
@pumpkinjam (7566)
• United Kingdom
28 Sep 08
Well, apart from providing a couple of jobs, I don't see much point. The news is all the same whether you see it on tv, internet or papers. Having done a paper round and seeing all the junk that comes with it, it really does seem odd that there is so much waste. From my experience, very few people actually want the paper and it's not as if there is just one. There are, I think, an average of two free papers per household around here. That would be 80,000+ papers, probably 80% going straight in the bin. We're supposed to be saving the planet with these online bills and everything. A lot of the junk that comes with it can be found on the internet. It's certainly not worth the time of the distributor when, despite the claims of the newspaper companies, they don't pay anywhere near minimum wage and they think it takes half the time to do it as it actually does. Perhaps I could understand if a paper round was well paid and there were reasonable bonuses for the extra leaflets because at least then, the matter of someone being able to work who couldn't get another job would outweigh some people's cares about the environment. Also, the free papers are sold in places anyway so it really is a waste.