Recovery of Printing-Writing Papers

An estimated 58.6 percent of printing-writing papers were recovered for recycling  in 2015, which is up from 53.0 percent in 2013 and 57.7 percent in 2014. The actual tonnage of printing-writing papers recovered for recycling declined 3.3 percent in 2015 but domestic purchases of these papers (i.e., new supply) fell by a more substantial 4.9 percent, which caused the recovery rate to increase.
 

Printing-Writing Paper Supply
(000 tons)
Total Recovered
(000 tons)
Recovery Rate
1994 29,444 10,070 34.2%
1995 29,550 10,770 36.4%
1996 28,300 10,220 36.1%
1997 30,750 10,710 34.8%
1998 31,384 11,825 37.7%
1999 32,616 12,695 38.9%
2000 33,078 13,910 42.1%
2001 30,383 12,030 39.6%
2002 30,944 11,765 38.0%
2003 31,010 12,560 40.5%
2004 32,711 13,940 42.6%
2005 32,020 14,135 44.1%
2006 32,398 15,696 48.4%
2007 31,045 16,618 53.5%
2008 28,060 15,350 54.7%
2009 23,028 14,038 61.0%
2010 23,732 12,801 53.9%
2011 22,457 12,545 55.9%
2012  21,084 11,397  54.1% 
2013 20,823 11,045 53.0%
2014 20,037 11,552 57.7%
2015  19,059   11,169   58.6%