Recycled paper consumption rose 7.1 percent

According to the May 2010 Recovered Paper Monthly Report published by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), total United States industry consumption of recovered paper was 2.6 million tons, a 1.3 percent increase from last month, and an increase from May 2009 of 7.1 percent. Compared to the same five months of 2009, consumption is up 8.5 percent.

The current month consumption changes compared to May 2009 are as follows: Mixed (+5.8 percent), News (+5.2 percent), Corrugated (+11.7 percent), Pulp Substitutes (+2.2 percent), High Grade Deinking (-14.6 percent).

The April 2010 United States exports of recovered paper stock to 1.8 million tons, a 7.7 percent increase from April 2009, and a 3.5 percent increase year-to-date.