Recycling Of Waste Paper In The United States

Waste paper is one of the most widely reclaimed raw materials in the world. Since 1990, the United States has recovered about 1.1 billion tons of waste paper, in 2015, the US paper and cardboard recycling rate in 1990 doubled, reaching 66.8%.

Recycled waste paper is used to produce wrapping paper, office paper, paper towels, newsprint and numerous other paper products. In the United States, about 3/4 of the paper mills in the production of some or all of the products to waste paper as raw material, mainly due to renewable paper can significantly save costs and energy. In 2015 the United States recovered more than 50 million tons of paper, equivalent to 335 pounds of paper for everyone in the United States. Recycling 1 ton of paper will save 3.3 cubic meters of landfill space.

In addition to meeting the domestic paper mill consumption, the United States recycled paper and fiber is also used to meet the growing export demand. US recycled waste paper exports to more than 65 different countries in 2015, exports amounted to 21.6 million short tons, worth 3.1 billion US dollars, bringing huge environmental benefits and energy conservation, while significantly promoting trade balance. By paper, the old corrugated paper exports in 2015 accounted for 44.9% of total US recycled waste paper exports, followed by mixed paper and waste paper exports (see Table 2). The United States recycled waste paper producer price index (see Table 3). China is the United States recycling waste paper's largest export market in 2015, only exports to China's recycled paper sales reached 1.9 billion US dollars.