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Paper recycling rates during pandemic positive according to American Forest & Paper Association

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Paper recovery rates are up close to 9 percent year over year as of July 2021, according to AF&PA.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock have released a statement on the state of the U.S. paper and wood products industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement includes positive comments with respect to paper recycling rates, which are up by nearly nine percent for the first half of this year.

"American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) members remain resilient in navigating challenges created by the ongoing pandemic," said Brock. "They continue to work safely and diligently in creating sustainable and innovative paper products for the circular economy.  

"Like all sectors of the economy, papermakers are dealing with challenges created by the ongoing pandemic.These include global and domestic supply chain issues, such as ocean freight bottlenecks and limited truck availability." 

Brock continues, "Nevertheless, notable data points emerge and one of those is in the area of paper recycling, which continues to be an environmental success story. In July, total paper recovery for recycling was up an impressive 8.9 percent year-to-date. In the United States, approximately 80 percent of paper mills use some recycled paper fiber to make renewable products, such as office paper, packaging and bath and tissue products. This is a testament to the consumers who are recycling these products, combined with the impressive infrastructure investments our manufacturers are making.

"Our industry remains committed to serving our customers worldwide, just as it has throughout the pandemic. Rest assured, your favorite paper products continue to be manufactured 365 days a year, by a dedicated and essential workforce." 

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