A little bit of encouraging news: the U.S. increasingly understands the value of paper recycling.
The American Forest & Paper Association announced that paper recycling rates hit a record high last year, topping 60 percent. This number comfortably tops the industry target “to recycle 60 percent of paper consumed” three years ahead of schedule.
“Recycling is one of America’s great environmental success stories and the paper industry is proud of our ongoing leadership role in this arena,” said Donna Harman, AF&PA president and chief executive. “This announcement is a testament to the work of the industry and the commitment of millions of Americans who recycle at home, school and work on a daily basis.”