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AF&PA Announces 2013 Paper Recovery Rate

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced that 63.5 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013.

“Paper recovery for recycling is a collective effort,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We thank the millions of Americans who recycle at home, work and school every day for helping to make paper recovery a success.”

“Our industry and others fostered the voluntary, market-driven product recovery system that enables this success. We will continue to support and implement education programs and other initiatives that drive awareness to increase paper recovery,” said AF&PA Board Chairman and Domtar President and CEO John Williams. 

The annual paper recovery rate has nearly doubled since 1990, and the industry has set a goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of the industry’s sustainability story.

For more information about paper recycling and AF&PA’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.paperrecycles.org.


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