U.S. Recovered Fiber Utilization Declines

Total U.S. pulp and paper industry consumption of recovered paper in September was 2.36 million tons, 8% lower than August 2012, according to the AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA) September 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report. Year-to-date total consumption in 2012 is 4% lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, decreased 4% in August compared with July, led by a drop in mixed papers exports that fell after a very strong July. Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 6.5% lower than during the same period in 2011.