Fun Facts

Did you know…  

  • Paper recovery for recycling has reached or exceeded 63 percent each year since 2009.
  • The amount of paper and paperboard recovered in the U.S. increased 80.9 percent between 1990 and 2018.
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • 96 percent (268 million) of Americans have access to community curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.  
  • Total paper recovery in the U.S. exceeded 52 million tons in 2018.  
  • By weight, more paper is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than glass, plastic, steel and aluminum combined.
  • More than twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills.
  • AF&PA member companies' use of recovered fiber results in avoided greenhouse gas emissions of more than 19 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents in 2018.
  • Approximately 80 percent of all U.S. paper mills use some recovered fiber to make everything from paper-based packaging to tissue products to office paper and newspaper.