Packaging Recovery

Data for the year 2014 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.

2016 Packaging Recovery

Packaging Type Million Tons Recovered Share of Total
Paper and Paperboard 29.49 74.8%
Glass 2.99 7.6%
Metal 2.28 5.8%
Plastic 2.12 5.4%
All Other 2.57 6.5%
Total 38.75 100%

Source: EPA, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management, 2014 Fact Sheet, November 2016