Paper recovery hits all-time high of 51.5 percent
Washington, DC— The American
Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a record
high 51.5 percent of the paper consumed in the United States (51.3
million tons) was recovered for recycling in 2005.
This recovery represents an increase
of 76 percent since 1990, when the paper industry undertook its
first serious commitment to advance recycling in the United States.
Currently, Americans recover approximately 346 pounds of paper
for every person in the United States, up from 233 pounds per
person in 1990. This accomplishment was made possible by the efforts
of AF&PA member companies and the millions of Americans who
recycle at home, work and at school every day.
In order to keep with the global
demand for recovered fiber, the industry has set a goal of 55
percent recovery by 2012.
The AF&PA Recycling Awards
are one of the ways the industry is recognizing outstanding efforts
and programs, and working to bring awareness to the need for increased
paper recovery. For a searchable database of historical information
regarding recovery by paper grade, visit www.paperrecycles.org.