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Paper Mills Hope to Reap E-commerce Benefits

As cardboard boxes flood domestic recyclers, paper mills seek to turn those old boxes into new paper products.

Domestic paper mills are hoping to benefit from the rise of e-commerce and the influx of cardboard boxes from this holiday season.

E&E News reports that used cardboard boxes are flooding the domestic recycling industry, and the U.S. has seen much more investment in paper mills to turn those old boxes into new paper products.

E&E News has more information:

U.S. paper mills hope to take advantage of the "Amazon effect" this holiday season and recycle a glut of used cardboard boxes into new paper products.

After the decline of newsprint, the rise of e-commerce is helping American paper mills transition to containerboard, or cardboard, because behemoths like Amazon.com Inc. are driving up demand.

FedEx Corp., UPS Inc., the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon will ship almost 2.5 billion parcels between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, The Wall Street Journal projects. American households produce 25% more waste during that same period, according to EPA.

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