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Think Before You Shred

September 6, 2022

Always think before you shred. Shredded paper is less likely to be recycled than sheets of paper because the small shreds of paper can get lost in collection and processing. The smaller the paper is, the less likely it is to get recycled. A good rule of thumb is to only shred paper containing sensitive information.

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Recycling of Old Newspapers and Mechanical Papers Graph

May 24, 2022

While there's less newsprint in the marketplace, it's still a very valuable fiber. There is a greater percentage of newsprint in the marketplace being recycled. 

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EPA Packaging Recycling

May 24, 2022

Most recent data from the EPA  indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for 3/4 of all packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.

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Where Recycled Paper Goes Graph

May 24, 2022

In 2021, nearly half of recycled paper went into making containerboard - the material used to make cardboard boxes.

Packaging

Cardboard Recycling Graph

May 24, 2022

In 2021, 91.4% of cardboard boxes were recycled. Keep up the good work by breaking boxes down flat, keeping them dry and clean, and then put them in the bin. 

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Paper Recycling Graph

May 24, 2022

In 2021, we recovered more than 50 million tons of paper for recycling and the paper recycling rate was 68%.  That's a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved.

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Paper Recycling Rate Graphic

May 24, 2022

68% of paper was recycled in 2021. A rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved.

Packaging

Cardboard Recycling Rate Graphic

May 24, 2022

91.4% of all cardboard boxes were recycled in 2021. The recycling rate for cardboard has exceeded 82% since 2009. 

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Paper and Cardboard Recycling Rate Graphic

May 24, 2022

Paper recycling is a success story. In 2021, 68% of paper was recycled and 91.4% of cardboard boxes were recycled.

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AF&PA 2022 Advocacy Priorities

February 10, 2022

AF&PA’s Board of Directors outlined advocacy priorities the association will pursue to help ensure the paper and wood products industry’s sustainability success and economic impact in 2022.

Packaging

Recycle Paper Padded Mailers

February 9, 2022

In a member survey, AF&PA members confirmed paper padded mailers are recycled every day at paper mills across the country. We encourage local communities to update their guidelines.

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AF&PA on Paper Padded Mailers

February 9, 2022

AF&PA issued a statement on the recyclability of paper padded mailers. In a member survey, AF&PA members confirmed these new mailers are recycled every day at paper mills across the country. We encourage local communities to update their guidelines.