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Why recycle paper? Because paper and paperboard products represent the largest portion of our municipal solid waste stream (i.e., trash). In 2012, paper and paperboard products accounted for about 69 million tons (or 27 percent) of all materials in the municipal waste stream. In that same year, we recycled about 65 percent (or about 44 million tons) of all the paper that Americans used.

Total MSW generation 2012
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The following links provide basic information about paper recycling, including:

Recovered paper, also called “paper stock” in the paper industry, is a raw material for making new paper and paperboard products. The value of recovered paper hinges on several factors, the most important of which are:

Now that you understand the paper recycling process, learn how to set up a paper recycling program.

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