In the Field

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 2009, 63.4 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. This impressive figure equals 325 pounds for each man, woman, and child in America.

The Paper Industry Association Council (PIAC) is comprised of 25 allied paper product associations representing the major manufacturers and providers of paper based communications and packaging products. PIAC functions as an information-sharing body as well as an umbrella organization for issue-based advocacy, grassroots, and coalition building.

The scope and diversity of PIAC adds strength and increased leverage on common issues because of its expertise and size, and also presents unique and exciting opportunities to move forward as a unified body.

  • The paper industry exceeded its goal of 60 percent recovery by 2012.
  • In 2009 the amount of paper recovered for recycling averaged 325 pounds for each man, woman, and child in the United States
  • 87 percent (268 million) of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs

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