U.S. Consumption of Recovered Paper in October Up Over September

Nov. 27, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its October 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report that said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in October was 2.49 million tons, 6 percent higher than in September 2012. Consumption was up across all grades except for Newspapers, which remained at its September low and was 25 percent lower than in October 2011. Year-to-date total consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper remained approximately flat, dropping 1 percent in September compared to August. Average export $/Ton figures were lower across all grades when compared to the prior month.

Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 7 percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at: Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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.