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The US Cardboard Recycling Rate

August 4, 2021
The U.S. cardboard - what the industry calls corrugated - rate has exceeded 82% every year since 2009.

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The US Recycling Rate

August 4, 2021
The U.S. paper recycling rate has met or exceeded 63% since 2009, thanks to our efforts to produce more sustainable paper products, increase the availability of community recycling and educate consumers about the importance and ease of paper recycling. 

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Trees are Replanted

August 4, 2021
According to the U.S. Forest Service, more than 1 billion trees are planted in the United States each year. 

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2030 Goal: Drive Water Stewardship

August 4, 2021
A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to drive water stewardship throughout our manufacturing operations. 

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2030 Goal: Strive for Zero Injuries

August 4, 2021
A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to strive for zero injuries, empahsizing continual progress on reducing serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs).

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The Foundations of Sustainability

August 4, 2021
"Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future recognizes the three essential pillars of sustainability—economic, environmental and social."

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2030 Goal: Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 4, 2021
A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal to reduce GHG emissions will double the significant progress AF&PA members have made to date.

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2030 Goal: Advance More Resilient U.S. Forests

August 4, 2021
A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to advance more resilient U.S. forests. AF&PA members have long been committed to sustainable forestry. 

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2030 Goal: Advance a Circular Value Chain

August 4, 2021
A Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 goal is to advance a circular value chain through production of renewable and recyclable products.

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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Circular Economy

August 3, 2021
Our supply chain is inherently circular, from the replanting of trees that supply fiber and enhance the environment to recycling paper and packaging that is recovered and turned into new products.

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Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals

August 3, 2021
We are a manufacturing sector sustainability leader. Our ambitious new set of goals, Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future, will further advance the role our industry plays and build on our achievements.

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EPA Packaging Recycling

August 3, 2021
Most recent data from the EPA  indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for three-quarters of all packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.