Recovery

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.

Q
Would we run out of fiber if we maximized recycling?
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A
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.