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AF&PA reports Highest-Ever Consumption of Recovered Paper by Paper Mills in the USA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), in its Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey, notes that the consumption of recovered paper elevated by 3.9 p.c in 2021. Further, the capability of containerboard has reached a document excessive of 42.3 million tonnes.

June 20, 2022

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Representative Image: Recovered Paper and Boxboard bales for recycling.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has give you its 62nd Paper Industry Capacity and Fiber Consumption Survey. The survey report confirmed that the general capability of paper and paperboard capability in the USA has declined by 0.4 p.c in 2021 in contrast with the common decline of 1 p.c per yr since 2012.

With the survey, it’s hinted that the complete paper and paperboard capability may stay flat in 2022, with rising progress in the boxboard and newsprint, and steady progress in containerboard and tissue papers, whereas a decline in the writing & printing segments. The report options the data and knowledge on the USA paper business capability for 2021 and 2022 of all main grades of – paper, paperboard, and pulp, in addition to fiber consumption.

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Notably, the consumption of recovered paper in the USA-based paper and paperboard mills has elevated by 3.9 p.c in 2021. This marks the highest-ever recovered paper consumption by home mills since 2008. It additionally signifies the highest stage of complete fiber consumption at the mills and the ninth consecutive yr of will increase in the share from 36 p.c in 2012 to 41.6 p.c in 2021.

The capability of containerboard has elevated for the eleventh consecutive yr and reached a document excessive of 42.3 million tonnes. This is the quickest fee of containerboard enlargement in 25 years, and in consequence of will increase and reduces in different grades, containerboard share of complete paper and paperboard capability exceeded 50 p.c for the first time in 2021, notes AF&PA.

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Moreover, the boxboard capability has surged 0.6 p.c in 2021, outshining a long-term development of a 0.4 p.c decline and following a 2.5 p.c decline final yr. The capability of tissue papers has remained fixed in 2021.


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