2017 Recycling Industry Yearbook
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Recycling Indus try Yearbook

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

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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

Year

2012

78,498,000

51,092,000

65%

2013

78,954,000

50,128,000

63%

2014

78,206,000

51,171,000

65%

2015

77,895,000

52,040,000

67%

2016

77,729,000

52,196,000

67%

New Supply

(short tons)

Recovered

(short tons)

Recovery Rate

The U.S. Recovered Paper and Fiber Industry