Recovery is a separate but essential component to recycling, and a crucial element of the paper life cycle. Recovery is what makes recycling possible and includes many important considerations.

  • Why is it important to recover paper?
  • How much paper is recovered each year?
  • What is the best use for recovered paper?

This section explores many of the challenges and opportunities around recycling and recovery including transportation, fiber utilization and manufacturing recycled paper.

Would we run out of fiber if we maximized recycling?
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Yes. Recycled fiber breaks down with each use so without continually adding fresh fiber; we would not be able to maintain our use of different paper products.