Where Recovered Paper Goes
Data for the year 2017 indicate that 36.0 percent of the paper and paperboard recovered in the U.S. went to produce containerboard (i.e., the material used for corrugated boxes) and 12.0 percent went to produce boxboard, which includes basestock for folding boxes and gypsum wallboard facings.
Net exports of recovered paper to China and other nations accounted for 37.7 percent of the paper collected for recycling in the U.S. in 2017, down from 40 percent in 2016.
2017 Data: Annual AF&PA Fiber Survey; U.S. Bureau of Census
|Paper/Packaging Type ||Thousand Tons Recovered ||Share of Total |
|Newsprint ||86 ||0.2% |
|Tissue ||4,206 ||8.3% |
|Containerboard ||18,317 ||36.0% |
|Boxboard ||6,099 ||12.0% |
|Other ||2,956 ||5.8% |
|Net Exports ||19,159 ||37.7% |
|Total ||50,822 ||100% |