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U.S. Paper Industry Achieves Consistently High Recycling Rate

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced 66.2 percent of paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling in 2019. Over the last decade, the U.S. paper industry achieved a consistently high recycling rate, meeting or exceeding 63 percent…

Biomass, Recycling, Regulatory Reform, Transportation Infrastructure Top AF&PA 2020 Advocacy Priorities

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Board of Directors today announced advocacy priorities the association will pursue to ensure the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products industry’s continued growth and ability to create American manufacturing…

AF&PA Announces Support for RECYCLE Act of 2019

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in support of Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow’s (D-MI) “Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education …

AF&PA Statement on California Recycling Legislation (SB 54 and AB 1080)

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association Executive Director of Packaging Terry Webber issued the following statement regarding California recycling legislation (SB 54 and AB 1080) which failed to advance in the 2019 state legislative session:

Why Are Paper Cups a Sustainable Choice?

What's obvious is that paper cups are convenient, clean and hygienic. What's less obvious to most of us is that paper cups are made from a renewable resource. 30 paper mills in North America recycle used cups.

U.S. Paper Recovery for Recycling Rate Reaches Record 68.1 Percent in 2018

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced that 68.1 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2018. The recovered paper market rebounded after China’s import restrictions on recovered products caused the rate to dip in 2017. …

Recovery for Recycling of Old Corrugated Containers: Explaining the Exceptional Rate

After dipping from 92.8 percent in 2016 to 88.8 percent in 2017, the U.S. recovery for recycling rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) rebounded to 96.4 percent in 2018.

Recycling, Transportation Infrastructure, Trade, Tax, Regulatory Process Reform Top AF&PA 2019 Advocacy Priority List

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a more resilient paper recycling system, transportation infrastructure, international trade, tax policy, and regulatory reforms and process improvements top its 2019 advocacy priority list. The association…

How to Recycle Paper During the Holiday Season

During the holidays, our homes are filled with cards from family and friends, cardboard boxes from shopping online to find the right gift and wrapping materials to make sure it’s a surprise. Many of these items are recycled at paper mills across the country but some are not. 

Do You Know What Paper Items to Recycle at Home?

Let’s do a quick survey – how many trash bins do you have in your home? Now, how many recycling bins do you have? Odds are, one of these numbers is greater than the other. Why is that? You’re likely throwing away paper products or packaging that can be recycled.  

Increasing Cardboard Box Recycling at Home

Cardboard boxes — corrugated packaging, in industry speak — are the most widely-recycled packaging material in the nation. In 2017, nearly 90 percent of cardboard boxes used in the U.S. were recovered for recycling.

WestRock Wins Two 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Awards

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized WestRock with two 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year AF&PA has honored WestRock for its sustainability advancements. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on…