Unpacking Continuously High Paper Recycling Rates

The numbers are in! Paper is, once again, one of the most recycled materials in the U.S. Our industry has maintained continuously high recycling rates for more than a decade. In 2021, the paper recycling rate climbed to 68%, a rate on par with the highest rate previously achieved.

The recycling rate for old corrugated containers (OCC) – you know these as cardboard boxes – was also an impressive 91.4%.

More than 50 million tons of paper was recovered for recycling in 2021. That amount could fill rail cars stretching from New York to Los Angeles three times!

The paper recycling rate has met or exceeded 63% since 2009.
see details at: https://www.afandpa.org/news/2022/unpacking-continuously-high-paper-recycling-rates

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