Think about all the energy and materials used just to make and distribute a single paper. In addition to the obvious use of paper and ink, you must also consider the fuel it takes to get the paper to the delivery person. Most paper delivery drivers, at least from my life experiences, use a car for at least part of the paper route. All of these resources are used for a paper that usually only gets read once or twice, and then (hopefully) recycled. What a waste?!
Most papers now offer an electronic version of the paper for a fee. Usually this fee is lower than the price of getting the paper delivered to your door. In addition to being able to access the news each day, most online subscriptions also allow you to search archives of all their previous editions. You will also benefit from not having to store all of the old papers until the day your recycling truck comes. Think of how much paper, ink, and fuel could be saved if everyone did this!
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