According to Packworld, "The American Forest & Paper Association has announced that a record 67.2% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2016." This is great news for the packaging industry!
As you would imagine, paper is one of the most important materials in packaging and used throughout the shipping process in varying amounts by every company. Some of the most common uses for paper in packaging are printed purchase orders, skid labels, box labels, packing slips, and box filling material.
Since 1990, the American Forest & Paper Association has been tracking the paper recovery rate. In 1990, "the paper recovery rate measured 33.5%." While 67.2% is still a significant increase from the 1990 baseline. AF&PA member companies are hoping to reach their goal at least 70% U.S. paper recovery rate by 2020 as part of the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.
AF&PA Board Chair and Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO Linda Massman says, "paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of our industry's sustainability story." Due to the commonality of paper and paper-based products in packaging, the recycling efforts are an integral part of staying sustainable.
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