Board Converting News, January 31, 2022

AF&PA: 94 Percent Of Americans Have Access To Recycling Programs The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) last week released a new report indicating that the vast ma- jority of Americans, 94 percent, have access to community paper and paperboard recycling programs. The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study also finds more Americans, 79 percent, now have access to residen- tial-curbside programs making it easier to recycle paper at home – an increase of more than 14 million people since the 2014 study. “Paper and paper-based recycling programs are well-developed and widely accessible across the Unit- ed States,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock. “Household action and our industry’s investment in paper recycling are primary reasons why our industry recycles nearly twice as much paper today as it did more than three decades ago.”


“As the industry works to regain its footing after a very difficult couple of years, EFI customers and partners are coming to Connect to learn about the actionable strate- gies and important tech developments that could be es- sential to their future success,” said Ken Hanulec, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, EFI. “And, more than anything, this year’s conference reflects the community, collaboration and innovation that print businesses can use to capture the growing opportunities of the industry’s ana- log-to-digital transformation.” Connect 2022 also featured top executive presenta- tions and breakout sessions on printing, packaging, busi- ness management, marketing and more. In addition, the conference featured special keynotes from UPS Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Warren and Hall of Fame Pitcher and MLB All-Time Saves Leader Mariano Rivera.


Items such as corrugated cardboard, mail, newspapers, office paper, magazines, paper- board boxes with and without poly coatings, paper bags, liquid packaging cartons and piz- za boxes have a consumer access rate of 60 percent or more. “With such a high rate of collection, Amer- icans can feel confident knowing that paper products, whether it’s the shipping box that lands at your doorstep or the box delivering your next pizza, can and should be recycled,” Brock said. “Those recycled paper fibers can be reused five to seven times to make new paper and cardboard products.” The 2021 AF&PA Access to Recycling Study is a comprehensive national report that tracks and measures the growth of consumer access to community paper and paperboard recycling in the U.S. It is the latest in a se- ries commissioned by AF&PA and conducted since 1994. In 2021, the U.S. paper industry reached a record level for containerboard production and saw a 6.8 percent increase, compared to 2020, in the consumption of OCC at mills to make new products. “Paper recycling continues to be an envi- ronmental success story with a positive impact on the broader circular economy,” Brock said. “Our industry has a demonstrated track re- cord as a responsible producer. As part of our Better Practices, Better Planet 2030 sustain- ability goals, we are also committed to further advancing the circular value chain through the production of renewable and recyclable prod- ucts to meet evolving customer needs.” Visit for more.

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January 31, 2022

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