Submitted: The Two Sides Team May 13, 2019
The paper recovery rate is a metric used to show how much of the paper used in the U.S. is recycled into new products over a given period. The American Paper and Forest Association (AF&PA) reports that 68.1% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2018. According to the AF&PA: “..paper recovery for recycling helps extend the life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of the industry’s sustainability story.” As part of the AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative, the industry aims to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020.
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