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AF&PA Dynamic Fiber Flows: Case Study for Tissue

The Dynamic Fiber Flows case studies measure the complex behaviors and trade-offs associated with changes to paper recovery and recovered fiber utilization in paper products based on system-wide interactions in the paper value chain to better inform decision makers. This download includes the…

AF&PA Dynamic Fiber Flows Case Study for Printing-Writing

The Dynamic Fiber Flows case studies measure the complex behaviors and trade-offs associated with changes to paper recovery and recovered fiber utilization in paper products based on system-wide interactions in the paper value chain to better inform decision makers. This download includes the…

Recycled Fibers

Recycled paper fibers can be reused 5 to 7 times to make new paper and cardboard products.  

The US Cardboard Recycling Rate

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

The US Recycling Rate

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. 

2030 Goal Advance a Circular Value Chain

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

Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Circular Economy

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.

Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 Goals

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.

EPA Packaging Recycling

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.

Paper Recycling & Landfill Graph

The paper industry is proud of the investments it has made to improve paper recycling. Thanks to that effort plus participation in recycling programs, nearly twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills.  

Where Recycled Paper Goes Graph

In 2020, nearly half of recycled paper went into making containerboard - the material used to make cardboard boxes.

Cardboard Recycling Graph

In 2020, 88.8% of cardboard boxes were recycled so keep up the good work by breaking boxes down flat, keeping them dry and clean and putting them in the bin.