Packaging Recovery

Data for the year 2012 published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for nearly three-quarters of packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.


Packaging Type Million Tons Recovered Share of Total
Paper and Paperboard 28.92 74.6%
Glass 3.20 8.3%
Metal 1.72 4.4%
Plastic 1.9 4.9%
All Other 3.01 7.8%
Total 38.75 100%

Source: Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: 2012 Facts and Figures