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U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Reaches Record 67.2 Percent in 2016

The American Forest & Paper Association reports a record 67.2 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2016. U.S. paper recovery rate statistics are available at

The annual paper recovery rate has doubled since 1990 and U.S. paper recovery has met or exceeded 63 percent for the past eight years. The industry has a goal to exceed 70 percent paper recovery for recycling by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative.