Bruce P. Mehlman
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The greatest effect of dematerialization is a reduction in the use of paper, and specifically a reduction in U.S. mail.
Between 2002 and 2006, first class mail declined from 103.5 billion pieces to 97.6 billion pieces, a total decline of 5.9 billions pieces. The effects of this reduction include: a reduction in 184 thousand tons of paper. This means that about 4.4 million trees are saved and 608,000 cubic feet of landfill were spared in 2006, compared to 2000 levels. The reduction in mail also reduces the amount of polluted water by 3.8 million gallons, solid wastes by 240,000 tons and electricity by 7.4 million BTUs. The greenhouse gas saved from the atmosphere (in terms of CO2 equivalence) is 610, 000 tons. (p. 31-32)