Paper-Recycling Rate Exceeds 60 Percent for First Time

The U.S. paper-recycling rate climbed to 63.4 percent in 2009, according to the Washington-based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). The rate is an all-time high, and 2009 represents the first time that the rate has tallied at least 60 percent. AF&PA had set a goal of reaching the 60-percent mark by 2012.

“Recycling is one of America’s great environmental success stories, and the paper industry is proud of our ongoing leadership role in this area,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman in a press release. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the work of the industry and the commitment of millions of Americans who recycle at home, school and work on a daily basis.”

In 2008, the paper-recycling rate was 57.4 percent, up from 56 percent the year before.