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Paper Industry Celebrates Recycling Success on America Recycles Day

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In recognition of America Recycles Day this past Tuesday (November 15), the AF&PA, Washington, D.C., USA, reported several key recycling milestones in the paper recycling arena. These accomplishments include:
  • In 2010, 87% of Americans (268 million) had access to curbside and/or drop-off paper recycling programs
  • With a 63.5% recovery for recycling rate in 2010, more paper is recycled than glass, plastic, and aluminum combined
  • Enough paper was recovered for recycling in 2010 to fill 124 Empire State buildings, which is roughly 334 lb for each man, woman, and child in the country
  • Paper recycling saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space per ton of paper recovered for recycling
  • Since 1990, the paper recovery rate for recycling has nearly doubled.

The U.S. paper industry has set a goal to increase the paper recovery rate to more than 70% by 2020. More information about paper recycling, including statistics, educational materials, and a free guide to starting a paper recycling program, is available online.


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