U.S. Industry Consumption of Recovered Paper Up in August

U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in August was 2.56 million tons.

Oct. 1, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its August 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report, which said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in August was 2.56 million tons, 6 percent higher than July 2012. Year-to-date total consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, increased 5 percent in July compared to June, led by a 14 percent increase in Mixed Papers exports.

Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 6 percent 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 (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: AF&PA