Record High Recovered Paper Rates and Usage
Statistics from the U.S. Forest and Paper Association show that recovered paper rates have reached another all-time high in 2016, surpassing even the previous all-time high reached in 2015. This is great news for the recycling industry and for the Earth! The figure, 67.2 percent, implies that more and more Americans are intentionally making sure that their paper products are used again in the recycling process.
What These Numbers Mean
Although US paper reclamation weights overall were higher once or twice in the previous decade, the percentage of paper reclaimed was at its highest in 2016. This figure compares the amount of paper reclaimed against the amount of paper produced overall throughout 2016. This means that if less paper is created overall in that year, the percentage reclaimed will be higher in comparison. This all-time high is a significant mile marker for the environment because it shows that not only are people making responsible choices about recycling, but they're also making responsible choices about how much paper they use. Strategies like paperless billing can significantly reduce the demand for paper in the US market and consequently the amount of paper produced.
Why This is Great News for the Future
In addition to keeping paper products from fossilizing in landfills, reclaiming paper to recycle is also great news for job creation, since recycling processes require a lot more supervision and labor than landfilling and incineration do. Recycling can boost the economy while saving the trees and reducing landfill waste. And the more the overall tonnage and the percentage of reclaimed paper rise in the future, the more pronounced these effects will become.
Why Recycling Paper is Important
In the right conditions, paper can break down into usable compost in just a couple of months, so why is it so problematic to throw it in the landfill? Well, landfills don't have the best conditions for this break down — some newspapers are still readable after fifteen years in a landfill. Fortunately, paper products can be recycled into a variety of new products using processes that not only keep paper out of the landfill and reduce the amount of virgin material required but also use much less energy, fuel and water. Some of the types of products that recycled paper is used for include:
- Toilet tissue, paper towels and paper napkins
- Paper plates and cups
- Egg cartons and berry cartons
- Paper backing (like on asphalt shingle roofing material)
- Printer paper and construction paper
- Postcards and greeting cards
- Paper bags
At Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC, recycling is our top priority. We accept materials such as newspaper, magazines, phone books, corrugated cardboard and so much more! Contact us today for additional information about our services.