Consumption of U.S. Recovered Paper in May Up 3% Over April

U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in May was 2.54 million tons.

June 25, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report, which said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in May was 2.54 million tons, 3% higher than April 2012. Year-to-date consumption in 2012 is 3% lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper dropped 11% in April compared to March, with decreases mainly seen in Other Mechanical and Corrugated.

Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 2% lower than during the same period in 2011.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Dina Menton at: dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710.

The American Forest & Paper Association (www.afandpa.org) is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)