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U.S. recovered paper consumption at 66.8 percent

According to the 2011 Audit of Recovered Paper data published by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in 2011 was 30,508 thousand short tons.

Consumption of corrugated was 63.4 percent of the total, followed by mixed papers (12.9 percent), newspapers (11.3 percent), high grade deinking (8.4 percent) and pulp substitutes (3.9 percent).

AF&PA also released its 2012 Annual Statistical Summary of Recovered Paper Utilization with data from 2002 to 2011. The report shows detailed historical recovered paper consumption figures by U.S. region and end use, as well as utilization by paper and paperboard grades. It also features detailed historical exports of U.S. recovered paper by destination and port of embarkation from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. According to the 2011 figures, U.S. exports of recovered paper were 23,179 thousand short tons.

The total amount of paper recovered for recycling in the U.S. in 2011 was 52,767 thousand short tons, representing a 66.8 percent recovery rate.