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New Infographic Chronicles Corrugated Recycling Growth

ITASCA, IL (August 3, 2016) – The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today released a new infographic depicting the twenty-year growth in recovery of corrugated materials for recycling. Corrugated “cardboard” is recycled more than any other packaging material in the U.S.

The new infographic can be downloaded here.

In 2015, 93 percent of corrugated consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling. The recovery rate has skyrocketed from 54 percent in 1993, when statistics were first recorded.

The industry’s unwavering commitment to increasing recovery has driven these results – demonstrated in its sponsorship of educational programs reaching schools, communities, packaging professionals and buyers, and retailers. About 95 percent of Americans have access to community curbside or drop-off corrugated recycling programs, most of which did not exist 20 years ago.

The “Corrugated Recycles” symbol, introduced in 1994, has been instrumental in raising awareness and participation in corrugated recovery efforts. Today, the symbol is present on the majority of corrugated boxes.

Ranking recovery rates for other packaging materials, paper and paperboard leads with a rate of 75 percent; steel, 72 percent; aluminum, 39 percent; glass, 34 percent; and plastic, 15 percent. Most old corrugated containers (OCC) are used to make new paper products, including boxes. The average corrugated box contains 47 percent recycled fiber. The manufacture of new corrugated boxes perpetuates a continuous market for the recovered material, adding to its value.

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About the Corrugated Packaging Alliance
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) is a corrugated industry initiative, jointly sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), AICC – the Independent Packaging Association, the Fibre Box Association (FBA) and TAPPI.  Its mission is to foster growth and profitability of corrugated in applications where it can be demonstrated, based on credible and persuasive evidence, that corrugated should be the packaging material of choice; and to provide a coordinated industry focus that effectively acts on industry matters that cannot be accomplished by individual members.  CPA members include corrugated manufacturers and converters throughout North America.

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What is Corrugated?

Corrugated is easy to recognize. Corrugated is made of paper and has an arched layer, called “fluting,” between two smooth sheets, called “liner.” Corrugated is sometimes colloquially referred to as “cardboard” and is used to make strong, durable, recyclable boxes.