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Tissue Products Use Recycled Fiber

Nearly 90% of paper towel manufacturers use recycled fiber to make new paper towel products.

Benefits of Tissues - Recycling

Take on germs with paper towels. Paper towels are widely recognized for their role in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. Nearly 90% of paper towel manufacturers use recycled fiber to make new paper towel products.

Paper Recycling Success

Paper recycling is a model that works. Our industry’s success in paper recycling is because our systems are voluntary and market driven. Our industry is contributing to a more circular and sustainable future with approximately $5 billion in manufacturing infrastructure investments planned or…

What We're Doing

AF&PA commissioned the 2021 Access to Recycling Study. The study is a comprehensive national report that tracks and measures the growth of access to community and paperboard recycling in the U.S. The study shows 94% of Americans have access to community paper recycling programs. And 79% of…

AF&PA Applauds the Senate for Passing Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in response to Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package.

New York Times Misses the Point on Paper Recycling

The New York Times covered Maine’s dramatic new recycling law. But they missed the point on paper recycling. AF&PA responded in a letter to the editor.

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.