The American Forest & Paper Association (Washington, D.C.) has released data on the paper recovery rate for 2019 and on U.S. paper and paperboard production capacity.
In May, AF&PA announced a 66.2% U.S. paper recovery rate in 2019, including a 92% recycling rate for old corrugated containers. It also released its 60th Annual Survey of Paper, Paperboard, and Pulp Capacity. Overall, U.S. paper and paperboard production capacity declined 0.5% in 2019, AF&PA says, due to declines in newsprint and printing-writing paper capacities, which have offset gains in tissue, paperboard, and boxboard capacity. Tissue paper production capacity rose 0.6% and containerboard production capacity rose 1.5% in 2019, following a growth trend in both sectors, the organization found. It expects tissue paper capacity to “far exceed trend growth” in 2020. Containerboard reached a production capacity of 40.3 million tons, which was 48.6% of total U.S. paper and paperboard capacity last year, AF&PA says—up from 39.3% in 2009. Boxboard production capacity also increased, the organization says. Visit afandpa.org or www.paperrecycles.org.