Recovered Paper: United States

This report forecasts to 2018 the total recovery of post-consumer paper from the US municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in short tons (hereafter referred to as "tons"). For comparison, this report also forecasts to 2018 the total generation of post-consumer paper in tons. Total paper recovery and generation are segmented by source as follows: packaging paper, mixed paper products, newspaper and mechanical paper, and other paper products.

To illustrate historical trends, total paper recovered and generated are provided in annual series from 2003 to 2013; the various segments of recovered and generated paper are reported at five-year intervals for 2008 and 2013. An Industry Overview section defines sources, discusses industry drivers and constraints, identifies substitute products when applicable, and provides pertinent background on trends in trade as well as paper production and recycling.

An Industry Forecasts section assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each source segment over the forecast period.

Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading firms competing in the US industry. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 21-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

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