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AF&PA Validates Paper Padded Mailers Recyclable

CONTACT: Tim Ebner 

Paper mills recycle paper padded mailers. Encourage your local communities to update their guidelines.

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released new industry guidance aiming to give consumers confidence on the recyclability of paper padded mailers.

The guidance resulted from an AF&PA membership-wide survey that found paper padded mailers are widely accepted at member mills across the country. Paper padded mailers are made using four layers of paper and cushioning as an alternative to other options.

“These new and innovative paper padded mailers are recycled at paper mills throughout the country,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “We encourage local communities to update their recycling guidance to explicitly accept paper padded mailers, giving consumers the confidence they need to recycle this packaging either at curbside or drop-off locations.”

In a recent membership-wide survey, AF&PA members representing 85 percent of total member consumption of mixed paper and 83 percent of old-corrugated containers (OCC) accept padded mailers for recycling.

“Our industry is stepping up to deliver sustainable and innovative packaging, meeting consumer needs,” Brock said. “These paper padded mailers help advance the broader circular value chain because they are made with renewable materials, are recyclable and result in recycled fibers that can be used again to make new products.”

For more information about the recyclability of paper padded mailers, including AF&PA’s Paper Padded Mailer Statement, visit

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper