by Corinne Gangloff
March 16, 2020
Cleveland, OH, March 16, 2020 — US recovery of paper products from the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream is forecast to grow 1.1% annually in volume terms through 2023, according to Recovered Paper: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. These gains in paper recovery volumes will be supported by:
However, many countries that recently figured as major importers of US recyclables – such as China, Indonesia, and Malaysia – have tightened their quality standards, leaving US exporters with a major backlog in recovered material inventories that exceed acceptable contamination rates, weighing on prices and profitability. Ongoing efforts to reduce the volume of paper generated in the MSW stream, such as source reduction efforts by manufacturers and continued use of digital media, will also restrict faster gains in recovery volumes. Slower expansion in the reach of recycling programs in the US over the forecast period compared to the historical decade will also temper growth.
These and other key insights are featured in Recovered Paper: United States. This report forecasts to 2023 the recovery of post-consumer paper from the US MSW stream in short tons. For comparison, this report also forecasts the generation of post-consumer paper in the MSW stream to 2023. Total paper recovery and generation are segmented by source in terms of:
To illustrate historical trends, total paper volumes generated and recovered along with their segments are provided in annual series from 2008 to 2018.
The annual volume of material recovered from other paper products is negligible, and is therefore excluded from total recovered paper. Pre-consumer paper and paper combusted for energy are also excluded from this report. Throughout this report, measures in tons refer to short tons.
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