Paper Recycling, How Do I Love Thee?

Feb 15, 2017
Hawkinson_Brian-WebBy Brian Hawkinson
Executive Director, Recovered Fiber

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (and with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning):

Paper recycling, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love that thee extends to the depth and breadth and height the useful life of fiber

I love that thee reduces waste going to landfills and thereby avoids Greenhouse Gas emissions

I love thee in the fullness of thy success – 66.8 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. in 2015 was recovered for recycling

I love that millions of Americans support thee every day at home, work, school and public places

I love thee freely, as community paper recycling programs are widely accessible and enjoy broad consumer participation

I love thee purely, supporting thy separation from wet and organic solid waste in collection streams

I love thee with a passion, put to use as paper mills using recovered fiber as a feedstock create jobs and have a large economic impact on the communities where they operate

I love thee with a love that strives to grow, as AF&PA works to promote thy increase toward our goal to exceed 70 percent recovery for recycling by 2020

I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life!