Recycling

Rate reaches record 68.1% in 2018

The American Forest & Paper Association has confirmed that 68.1% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2018. The recovered paper market rebounded after China’s import restrictions on recovered products caused the rate to dip in 2017. U.S. paper recovery for recycling rate statistics are available at www.paperrecycles.org/statistics.

“U.S. paper recovery for recycling is successful because it is voluntary and market driven,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Industry and consumer commitment to increasing the quantity and quality of paper recovered for recycling contributed to this record-high rate.”

“Markets for recovered paper are complex, efficient and extremely resilient and our industry is increasing the use of recovered paper to make new products. The U.S. paper recovery for recycling rate has now met or exceeded 63% for the past decade,” said AF&PA Board Chairman and Greif, Inc. President and CEO Pete Watson.“We thank everyone who makes the effort to recycle paper for contributing to this success.”

As part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative, the industry aims to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020.

For more information about paper recycling and AF&PA’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.paperrecycles.org