April 2013
Over The Wire Tissue Edition
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U.S. 2012 Paper Recovery Rate at 65.1%

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The AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA) this week reported that 65.1% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered in 2012. "Paper recovery is a success in our country because of the commitment millions of Americans make each day to recycling, whether it’s at home, work, or school," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

"Our industry’s success in paper recovery is due in large part to the voluntary, market-driven product recovery system that we and so many others have fostered," said AF&PA Board Chairman and Graphic Packaging International President and CEO David Scheible. "We will continue supporting education programs and initiatives that help drive awareness to increase recovery."

The annual paper recovery rate has nearly doubled since 1990 and remains above the trend line for the industry to achieve its goal of recovering more than 70% per year by 2020.



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