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CORRUGATED INDUSTRY’S WAX COATING USAGE DROPS 33% SINCE 2002

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL (October 29, 2013) – A new study shows a dramatic decrease in the corrugated industry’s use of wax coatings since 2002. The 33 percent decline in waxed corrugated is attributed to the development of recyclable alternatives. By developing and using wax alternatives, the industry continues to increase the amount of recyclable corrugated packaging.

  • In 2012, the corrugated industry shipped 9.4 billion square feet of boxes using recyclable wax alternative coatings. That’s over 621 percent more than the 1.3 billion square feet shipped when first measured in 2002.
  • Progress has been made in replacing all types of wax treated boxes (cascaded, impregnated, and curtain-coated) with recyclable treated boxes.
  • 46 recyclable wax alternatives have passed certification testing for repulpability and recyclability and have been registered with the Fibre Box Association as of October 2013.

Corrugated recovery is a true success story.
During the past decade, the recovery rate for old corrugated containers continued to climb, reaching a remarkable 91 percent in 2012. Today, more corrugated packaging is recovered for recycling than any other packaging material.

For more information about recyclable wax alternatives, including a fact sheet, visit www.corrugated.org.