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US Paper recovery rate hit record 68.1% in 2018

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WASHINGTON (Scrap Register): The overall rate of U.S. paper recovery for recycling reached an all-time high of 68.1% in 2018, according to the American Forest & Paper Association.

After dipping from 67.2 percent in 2016 to 65.9 percent in 2017, the overall U.S. paper recovery rate rose 2.2 percentage points in 2018 to a new all-time high of 68.1 percent. The increase was mainly driven by a 2.7 percent increase in domestic mill consumption of recovered paper and 4.2 percent increase in recovered paper exports, the association said.

The recovered paper market rebounded after China’s import restrictions on recovered products caused the rate to dip in 2017, the association noted.

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