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Name: Gordon T Davis
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Would like to know the average paper waste in school per student. We have calculated our average at our school. Would like to run comparisons across the country.

I searched my data base for information on paper waste in schools and found only some information on office waste paper - nothing on schools. The most knowledgeable person on the subject in each school is probably the janitor, but maybe you could get information by contacting district administrators. You are right on the frontier of scientific inquiry on this subject!


Something to consider:

(1) the If you have calculated amount of paper waste per student by weight, then you are not getting a very accurate picture of paper usage per student since:

(a) Magazine paper gets approximately 30 to 45 percent of its eight from additives to make the paper shiny-glossy (starch and clay particles are sprayed on the paper and then buffed during the paper production process)
(b) Milk cartons and get roughly 25 to 535 percent of their weight from the wax used to make the carton water-proof.
(c) Many of the items in your paper waste stream are likely.

(2) Try using volume as your unit of measurement. This is more accurate in describing wood fiber usage and "comparing" with the actual number of trees used. Plus, you can teach the students about volume at the same time (most kids already have a concrete idea of what weight is.


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