Paper Recycling Hits Record High
An all-time high of 56 percent of the paper consumed in America in 2007 was recovered for recycling, according to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), setting an all-time high and achieving an industry goal five years ahead of schedule. In announcing this news earlier this week, AF&PA also set a new goal of 60-percent recovery by 2012.
“[The] industry is demonstrating a real commitment to environmental sustainability by continuing to set and achieve aggressive paper recovery goals,” says AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Whether at home, school or work, paper recovery is something we can all do to make a difference.”
The 54.3 million tons of paper recovered in 2007 equate to more than 360 pounds for every person in the United States.
“While the upward trend in recovery rates is most encouraging, getting to 60 percent is an important challenge for all of us. Everyone has a role to play in our effort to sustain and grow the country’s recycling programs and recover more paper,” says Patrick J. Moore, chairman and CEO, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., one of the world’s largest paper recyclers. The company collected more than 7 million tons of recyclable material in 2007.