Paper and paper-based packaging remain among the most recycled materials in the United States, and community recycling programs are providing more access to recycling facilities than ever before.
A 2021 study published by the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) shows that 94 percent of Americans have access to community recycling programs. Additionally, this research showed that 79 percent of Americans have access to residential curbside recycling. That’s an increase of about 14 million people since AF&PA’s similar study in 2014.
During the past decade, some community recycling programs have shifted from drop-off locations to curbside recycling, but overall, access to recycling remains strong for more than 90 percent of population.
“Remarkably, in 2020, during a period defined by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost two-thirds of paper was recycled and transformed into new sustainable paper products,” says Heidi Brock, president and CEO of AF&PA. “The resilience of our industry is clear, as is the active participation of consumers in making paper recycling the success it is today.”
The association, of which Domtar is a member, and companies across our industry are working to educate consumers about what is recyclable and how they can help reduce waste.