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Can Paper Cups be Recycled?

Yes, paper cups are recyclable. There are about 40 mills across North America that recycle paper cups. Cities across the U.S. have already added cups to their recycling programs. 

AF&PA Supports NY Legislature's Decision to Shelve and Improve EPR Proposal

The NY State Legislature ended its session without passing the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act. The AF&PA supports recycling improvements but seeks provisions to protect paper and paper-based packaging recycling in future discussions.

Can Paper Bags Be Recycled?

Paper bags are widely accepted for recycling across the U.S. They are the only bags that are recyclable in curbside bins. This ease of recycling makes them a convenient choice.  

AF&PA Urges MN Governor Walz to Veto HF 3911

AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock urged Minnesota Governor Walz to veto HF 3911. 

AF&PA Details U.S. Paper Production and Capacity Trends

The 64th Paper Industry Annual Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey was released by AF&PA. The report provides detailed data on U.S. paper industry capacity and production compiled by the AF&PA statistics team.

AF&PA Releases Q1 2024 Containerboard Quarterly Report

According to the report, total Containerboard production in Q1 increased 7% compared to Q1 2023.

AF&PA Releases Q1 2024 Boxboard Quarterly Report

Total Boxboard production in Q1 decreased 2% compared to Q1 2023. The boxboard operating rate was 89.2%, up 1.3 points from the same quarter last year.

Are Paper Cups Sustainable?

Paper cups are a sustainable choice and an important part of advancing sustainability goals. Paper cups are made from renewable resources and can be recycled at paper mills.

AF&PA Releases March 2024 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

March 2024 saw a 5% drop in packaging paper shipments from March 2023 and a 2% decrease compared to the same period last year.

Solutions to Minnesota's Packaging Waste and Cost Reduction Act

Minnesota lawmakers are rushing to implement the Packaging Waste and Cost Reduction Act. We support and encourage Minnesota lawmakers to complete a needs assessment before considering an EPR program. This would help them reach their goals to improve their recycling system.

Why Statewide Needs Assessments Are Needed Before EPR

Before an EPR program is considered, states need to do a needs assessment. These studies help states better understand the current state of their waste and recycling system.

Can I Recycle a Greasy Pizza Box?

Grease and cheese in an amount typically found on pizza boxes are not an issue for the recycling process. 82% of Americans have access to a community recycling program that accepts pizza boxes.