Recycling Indus try Yearbook
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Recovered fiber, also known as
recovered paper and board, is one of
the most widely recycled materials in
the world. Since 1990, Americans have
recycled more than 1.1 billion tons of
recovered fiber and the recovery rate
for paper and paperboard in the United
States nearly doubled to reach 67.2
percent in 2016.
The paper recycling segment of the
scrap recycling industry collects, sorts,
and processes the recovered fiber
into specification grade products
that were valued at more than $7.6
billion in 2016. These products are
sold and transported to paper mills
in the United States and worldwide
for production into new packaging,
office paper, tissue, newsprint, and a
multitude of other paper products.
In the United States, more than three-quarters of paper mills
rely on recovered fiber to make some or all of their products
due in part to recovered paper’s significant cost and energy
savings. In addition, the paper and fiber recovered in the
United States helps to meet growing overseas demand:
recovered paper valued at more than $3.1 billion was exported
to more than 75 different countries last year, generating
tremendous environmental benefits and energy savings while
significantly helping our balance of trade.
Recovered Paper and Fiber
The U.S. Recovered Paper and Fiber Industry