Recovered Packaging: United States

This report forecasts total recovery of post-consumer packaging from the US municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in short tons to 2021. 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, including all segments, are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical trends, key economic indicators, package recycling initiatives, and trends in material separation technology. A Segmentation and Forecasts section defines materials, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute materials when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each material 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 25-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

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