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U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Reaches 65.8 Percent in 2017

Press release from the issuing company

Washington, D.C. – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced that 65.8 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2017.

U.S. paper recovery rate statistics are available at www.paperrecycles.org/statistics

“Paper recycling brings continued economic, environmental and social benefits to communities across the country,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We thank the millions of Americans who choose to recycle every day for their essential contributions to paper recycling’s success.”

“Paper is one of the most successfully recovered and recycled commodities in the U.S. because of our strong, market-driven voluntary system,” said AF&PA Board Chairman and GEC Packaging Technologies CEO John Rooney. “Our industry will continue to support and implement education programs and initiatives that drive awareness and increase access to paper recycling.”

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

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


By Pat Berger on May 04, 2018

IN 2017 we exported close to 20 milions tons about 37% of out totall recovered fiber. The last quarter of 2017 China told the US that it won't accept any more of our garbage invested fiber. Most of this collected fiber that is in warehouses on the west coast will eventually be landfilled. THERE IS NO MARKET!!!

According to INGEDE many digital printed papers as well as UV cured inks pose a huge problem for recycling.




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