AF&PA: OCC hits 91 percent recovery rate

AF&PA: OCC hits 91 percent recovery rate

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

According to figures from the American Forest & Paper Association, 91 percent of corrugated packaging in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2012.

According to the AF&PA, the 91-percent recycling rate for old corrugated cardboard (OCC) is a new high for the material and makes it "the most-recycled packaging material" in the U.S. The paper and fiber products trade group also announced survey results which found that 87 percent, or 268 million, of the U.S. population have access to curbside or drop-off recycling programs for OCC.

The 29 million tons of OCC collected in 2012 also includes post-industrial converting scrap such as as double-lined Kraft clippings, according to an email from the AF&PA to Resource Recycling.

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