U.S. paper recovery rate reached record 67.2% in 2016

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has announced that a record 67.2% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling during 2016. “The voluntary, market-driven recovery system, the millions of Americans who recycle every day, and industry efforts to inform consumers about the importance of paper recycling, continue to enable a high U.S. paper recovery rate,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

“Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of our industry’s sustainability story,” said AF&PA Board Chair and Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO Linda Massman. The annual paper recovery rate has doubled across the U.S. since 1990 and paper recovery has met or exceeded 63% for the past eight years. The industry has a goal to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.

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



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.