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Don’t Trash Paper:Paper Recycling Trends—Challenges and Opportunities A presentation to the Municipal Waste Management Association by Janet Kincaid American Forest & Paper Association Detroit, Michigan October 23, 2003
The Changing Dynamics of Paper Recycling Recovery Rates 19872002 Old Corrugated Containers 48.6% 73.9% Old Newspapers 32.7% 71.2% Office Papers 19.9% 45.9% Printing-Writing Papers 22.5% 37.3% Residential Mixed Papers --- 26.5% Total Paper & Paperboard 28.8% 48.1% Source: 1998 and 2002 Recovered Paper Statistical Highlights, AF&PA.
The Changing Dynamics of Paper Recycling • More paper is recovered by weight from municipal solid waste streams in the U.S. than all other materials combined. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Changing Dynamics of Paper Recycling • Recovered fiber accounts for 38% of the industry’s raw material supply.
Ensuring a Reliable, High Quality Supply of Recovered Paper • Two challenges: • Increasing Exports • Declining Quality
Increasing ExportsU.S. Recovered Fiber Exports to China Source: U.S. Census Bureau. * Annualized data for Jan-Feb. 2003.
Declining Quality Quality is declining at curbside. The growth of single stream often contributes to this decline and increases costs. The biggest culprit for paper mills: GLASS
A Successful History— But We Can Do More • In March 2003, AF&PA announced it was raising its recovery goal from 50% to 55% of all paper consumed in the U.S. by 2012.
Partnerships & Education Community Recycling Advisory Board
Endorsing the 55% Goal • Paper Industry Association Council • Direct Marketing Association • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
Improving Tomorrow’s Environment Today® • More paper diverted from the waste stream is less paper going into landfills and incinerators.
Don’t Trash Paper! How can we help you? How can you help us?
Janet Kincaid Mgr., Fiber Recovery & Utilization Tel: 202-463-2477 Email: Janet_Kincaid@afandpa.org Robin Baker Director, Communications Tel: 202-463-5185 Email: Robin_Baker@afandpa.org For more information about AF&PA’s 55% paper recovery goal or our partnerships, contact: