Using Recovered Fiber to Make New Paper and Paper Packaging
By Brian Hawkinson, Executive Director, Recovered Fiber, AF&PA

Brian Hawkinson

Aug. 21, 2014 - The great success of paper recycling in the U.S. is due in large part to the participation of millions of Americans in recycling programs at home, work and school. So thank you for recycling your paper and keep at it!

The industry has a goal to exceed 70 percent recovery by 2020 as part of AF&PAís sustainability initiative Better Practices Better Planet 2020. In 2013, 63.5 percent of the paper and paper-based packaging used in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. That amounts to more than 50 million tons! Itís enough to fill 715,000 railroad boxcars in a train that would stretch from New York City to Los Angeles nearly three times.

Overall, about 37 percent of all the fiber used to make new paper and paper-based packaging in the U.S. is recycled fiber. While that statistic is impressive, I admit it may seem a bit abstract. So letís bring it to a more personal level. Have you ever wondered where that used piece of paper or empty cookie box goes when you recycle it?

Go to the full story at AF&PA's website: www.afandpa.org

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association