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MIT and AF&PA Project: China Import Policy White Paper

"The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and AF&PA developed this White Paper to understand how the China import policy would impact U.S. manufacturing sectors and recovered fiber, and suggested ways to address gaps."

Recycling Best Practices

Keep paper and paper-based packaging dry and clean, then place them in the recycling bin. Always make sure you're checking local recycling guidelines so you know what can go in the recycling bin.

Why You Shouldn't Wishcycle

Wishcycling is putting something in the recycling bin hoping that it actually gets recycled, but that actually does harm to our recycling system. 

The History of Paper

Before paper as we know it existed, people communicated through pictures and symbols carved into tree bark, painted on cave walls, and marked on papyrus or clay tablets. Then, paper came along.

Does Paper Actually Get Recycled? The Industry Answers.

You put your recycling in the bin and drop it at the curb. Then what happens? Does it actually get recycled? Yes! At paper mills across the country, recycled paper is used to make the essential products millions of people rely on.

AF&PA Releases 61st Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Report

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the 61st Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Report, indicating overall U.S. paper and paperboard capacity declined 1.6 percent in 2020, compared to the average decline of 1.1 percent per year since 2011.

Recycling During the Pandemic: 2020 Paper and Cardboard Recycling Rates Are In!

The 2020 paper recycling rate came in at 65.7% a consistently high rate.  Meanwhile, the average recycling rate for cardboard over the last three years (from 2018 to 2020) increased to 92.4%.   

Resilient U.S. Paper Industry Maintains High Recycling Rate in 2020

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced that 65.7% of paper consumed in the United States was recycled in 2020, maintaining a recycling rate that has been consistently high for over a decade. Since 2009, paper recycling has met or exceeded 63 percent—nearly double…

Statistics & Resources

AF&PA’s StatMill™ is a members-only resource that provides timely statistical reports and analysis. Monthly, quarterly and annual reports are available for immediate download. Login now to view your reports.

New York’s Extended Producer Responsibility Bill Needs a Redo, Leaving Paper Out

The New York Daily News recently ran an editorial on Albany’s proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill. We agree with the editorial, and its headline statement to New York lawmakers: “Recycle This Legislative Language."