U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Dips Slightly to 63.5%

63.5 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2013.

April 29, 2014 - 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. In 2012, the recovery rate was 65.1%.

“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.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: AF&PA