Statistics

Packaging Recovery

Most recent data (2017) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that paper and paperboard packaging accounts for three-quarters of all packaging materials recovered for recycling in the U.S.

Recovery Rate Graphs 2020_Packaging Recovery-source

Packaging Type Million Tons Recycled Share of Total
Paper and Paperboard 30.08 75.0%
Glass 3.03
7.6%
Steel & Aluminum
2.09 5.2%
Plastic 1.89 4.7%
All Other 3 7.5%
Total 40.09
100%

Source: "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management,"  2017 Fact Sheet, EPA, November 2019