Here are the facts:
Thanks to industry leadership and the tireless efforts of the millions of Americans who recycle paper at home, work, and school every day, paper recovery has reached record levels. In 2008, over 57 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling.
This impressive figure equals nearly 340 pounds for each man, woman, and child in America. Since 1990, when the paper industry established its first recovery goal to advance recycling in the United States, paper recovery has grown by more than 85 percent. Comparatively, the recovery rate for metal is 36 percent; glass is 22 percent; and plastic is only 7 percent.
The paper industry has set an aggressive new goal to recover 60 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. by 2012. This represents a tremendous increase in recovery, as each percentage point represents nearly one million additional tons of recovered paper – enough to fill more than 14,000 railroad cars. The length of that train would be about 160 miles.
With $2 billion in investments since 1989, Canada’s paper industry now recycles nearly three times as much as it did a decade ago, representing 58 percent of the paper consumed.
Learn more facts from Domtar’s “Truth In Paper” report at this link: http://www.domtar.com/files/sustainability/TruthinPaperENFinalApr28.pdf