Recovered Packaging: United States

This report forecasts to 2023 US recovery of post-consumer packaging from the US municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in short tons. For comparison, this report also forecasts the total generation of post-consumer packaging in the MSW stream. Total packaging recovery and generation are segmented by material in terms of: paper, glass, wood, metal, plastic, and other packaging (generation only).

To illustrate historical trends, total packaging volumes recovered and generated and the various segments are provided in annual series from 2008 to 2018.

The annual volume of material recovered from other packaging, such as that made of textiles and leather, is negligible, and is therefore excluded from total recovered packaging. Throughout this report, measures in tons refer to short tons.

Key macroeconomic indicators are also provided with quantified trends. Other various topics, including profiles of pertinent leading companies, are covered in this report. A full outline of report items by page is available in the Table of Contents.

Related NAICS Codes:
321920 Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing
322110 Pulp Mills
326160 Plastics Bottle Manufacturing
327213 Glass Container Manufacturing
332431 Metal Can Manufacturing
423930 Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers
562111 Solid Waste Collection
562920 Materials Recovery Facilities

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