We manufacture sustainable paper and wood products from renewable resources that are used every day by millions of people. To that end, we support policies that help our industry grow, create jobs, and foster global market competition so we can continue to provide these essential products.
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AF&PA’s public policy and advocacy efforts are driven by facts. Statistics and data are foundations of our work.
Download the 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study
Paper and wood products are an essential part of daily life. Paper comes from wood, a natural and renewable material, making paper and wood products some of the few truly sustainable products.
The American Forest & Paper Association is the go-to source on issues and up-to-date information about the industry. We’re working to ensure the paper and wood products industry continues to grow and policymakers understand our issues.
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.
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.
In 2021, nearly half of recycled paper went into making containerboard - the material used to make cardboard boxes.
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.
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.