How many trees are saved by recycling one ton of paper?

Average 1 ton of waste paper could saved 17 mature trees.

Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees

First, we have to define what a "tree" is. Let's say an average pine tree weighs a ton (2000 pounds). About half the tree ends up being usable, so that's 1000 pounds. Well a 500 page package of paper is about 5 pounds. So 1000 pounds (tree) divided by 5 pounds (ream of paper) is 200 reams of paper from 1 tree. The average business uses about 1 pound of paper per day per employee. That's a lot of trees.