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Paper Recovered for Recycling Grows 2.4 Percent in 2011Paper Recovered for Recycling Grows 2.4 Percent in 2011

Allan Gerlat

May 8, 2012

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Paper Recovered for Recycling Grows 2.4 Percent in 2011

Paper recovered for recycling rose 2.4 percent in 2011 compared with the previous year, according to audited data from the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA).

Paper recovered for recycling in the United States totaled 52.8 million short tons, the Washington-based association said in a news release. In 2010 paper recovered for recycling totaled 51.4 million tons.

The recovery rate for 2011 climbed to 66.8 percent, compared with 63.5 percent in 2010, according to the association’s audit of recovered paper data.

The AF&PA said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in 2011 dropped 3 percent to 30.5 million short tons from the 31.6 million a year.

Of that total, old corrugated cardboard comprised 63.4 percent of the total; mixed papers, 12.9 percent; newspapers, 11.3 percent; high-grade deinking, 8.4 percent; and pulp substitutes, 3.9 percent.

U.S. exports of recovered paper totaled 23.2 million short tons.

The association also released its 2012 Annual Statistical Summary of Recovered Paper Utilization, with data from 2002 to 2011. The report presents historical recovered paper consumption figures by U.S. region and end-use, as well as utilization by paper and paperboard grades.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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